Special Issue "Plasma Surface Engineering of Materials"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Manufacturing Processes and Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Petr Špatenka
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Interests: PECVD; plasma treatment of powders; adhesion enhancement; composite materials; functional surfaces
Dr. Ladislav Cvrček
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Interests: tribological coatings; biocompatible coatings; DLC coatings, icephobic surfaces; corrosion resistant coatings

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plasma technologies have become a part of industrial applications that replace or compete with standard technologies. Their potential is expanding thanks to new plasma sources and new techniques. This opens new areas where these technologies have a potential for future application. Successful applications include adaptive tribology coatings working at high temperatures or the surface treatment of polymer-based nanoparticles. Another interesting area is hybrid technologies. In this case, plasma technologies can complement or facilitate the application of already-established methods. For example, plasma cleaning prior to bonding and colouring, increasing adhesion between reinforcements and the matrix in composites, or the coating of materials made using additive manufacturing. This Special Issue will include knowledge from basic research that has potential for industrial use as well as that which can be applied in existing industrial technologies. We will focus on the following specialized topics:

  • Plasma and ion surface engineering (ion and plasma sources, new generation of pulse power supplies, HiPIMS)
  • Coatings in contact with water and ice (icephobic surfaces, superhydrophobic and superhydrophilic surfaces)
  • Adaptive tribological coatings (high temperature tribological coatings, self-lubricating coatings)
  • Flexible coatings (abrasion resistant coatings, hard nanocomposite coatings, self-healing coatings)
  • Biomedical and biological applications (biocompatible and biodegradable coatings, biofunctionalization of surfaces, agricultural applications)
  • Particles and powders in plasma (nanoparticle synthesis, treatment and functionalization of nanoparticle surfaces)
  • Plasma treatment, plasma cleaning (surface cleaning and functionalization for adhesion and bonding, application on composite materials)
  • Plasma–surface interaction (simulation and modelling, surface modifications)

Prof. Petr Špatenka
Dr. Ladislav Cvrček
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • icephobic surfaces
  • plasma treatment
  • plasma cleaning
  • biocompatible coatings
  • tribology coatings
  • flexible coatings
  • nanoparticle treatment

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Plasma Fabrication and SERS Functionality of Gold Crowned Silicon Submicrometer Pillars
Materials 2020, 13(5), 1244; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13051244 - 10 Mar 2020
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Sequential plasma processes combined with specific lithographic methods allow for the fabrication of advanced material structures. In the present work, we used self-assembled colloidal monolayers as lithographic structures for the conformation of ordered Si submicrometer pillars by reactive ion etching. We explored different [...] Read more.
Sequential plasma processes combined with specific lithographic methods allow for the fabrication of advanced material structures. In the present work, we used self-assembled colloidal monolayers as lithographic structures for the conformation of ordered Si submicrometer pillars by reactive ion etching. We explored different discharge conditions to optimize the Si pillar geometry. Selected structures were further decorated with gold by conventional sputtering, prior to colloidal monolayer lift-off. The resulting structures consist of a gold crown, that is, a cylindrical coating on the edge of the Si pillar and a cavity on top. We analysed the Au structures in terms of electronic properties by using X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) prior to and after post-processing with thermal annealing at 300 °C and/or interaction with a gold etchant solution (KI). The angular dependent analysis of the plasmonic properties was studied with Fourier transformed UV-vis measurements. Certain conditions were selected to perform a surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) evaluation of these platforms with two model dyes, prior to confirming the potential interest for a well-resolved analysis of filtered blood plasma. Full article
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Applications of Plasma-Liquid Systems: A Review
Materials 2019, 12(17), 2751; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12172751 - 27 Aug 2019
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Plasma-liquid systems have attracted increasing attention in recent years, owing to their high potential in material processing and nanoscience, environmental remediation, sterilization, biomedicine, and food applications. Due to the multidisciplinary character of this scientific field and due to its broad range of established [...] Read more.
Plasma-liquid systems have attracted increasing attention in recent years, owing to their high potential in material processing and nanoscience, environmental remediation, sterilization, biomedicine, and food applications. Due to the multidisciplinary character of this scientific field and due to its broad range of established and promising applications, an updated overview is required, addressing the various applications of plasma-liquid systems till now. In the present review, after a brief historical introduction on this important research field, the authors aimed to bring together a wide range of applications of plasma-liquid systems, including nanomaterial processing, water analytical chemistry, water purification, plasma sterilization, plasma medicine, food preservation and agricultural processing, power transformers for high voltage switching, and polymer solution treatment. Although the general understanding of plasma-liquid interactions and their applications has grown significantly in recent decades, it is aimed here to give an updated overview on the possible applications of plasma-liquid systems. This review can be used as a guide for researchers from different fields to gain insight in the history and state-of-the-art of plasma-liquid interactions and to obtain an overview on the acquired knowledge in this field up to now. Full article
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