Special Issue "Advances in Surface Coatings"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2010).
Interests: bio-inspired materials; biomaterials; biomineralization; laser materials processing; additive manufacturing; surface modification; nanoparticles
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals
The physical, chemical and mechanical properties of a material surface determine its applicability in many technical devices. Numerous applications could not be realized without the use of surface modifications, coatings and thin film technology. Therefore, the need for efficient and effective methods of surface modification is becoming increasingly evident to allow the production of far superior products in terms of wear resistance, corrosion protection, enhanced biocompatibility, thermal insulation, improved optical and altered electronic properties. Coating technologies of particular interest include physical and chemical vapour deposition, thermal spraying, electrochemical deposition, sol-gel-syntheses, and plating. Surface modification includes directed energy techniques such as ion, electron and laser beams as well as etching procedures and thermo-chemical diffusion. Beyond that, monolayers (e.g. SAM, Langmuir-Blodgett) have attained high significance in preparing thin films to modify biomedical surfaces. Novel techniques to prepare patterned surfaces (e.g. nanoimprint lithography, microcontact printing) have proven their potential for the fabrication of integrated circuits and bioactive implants.
In this special issue novel trends related to surface engineering and coating technology for the production of functional materials surfaces will be highlighted. Particular emphasis will be placed on novel fabrication methods, materials and applications, new characterization techniques as well as numerical simulation and modeling.
Prof. Dr. Frank A. Müller
- properties and applications
- coating technologies
- surface modification
- thin films
- patterned surfaces
- biomimetic coatings
- functional gradient coatings
- mechanisms of adhesion
- numerical simulation / modeling
- characterization of coatings / thin films