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Special Issue "Surfaces, Interfaces, Coatings and Nanostructures of Molecular and Soft Materials"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Physical Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Andrei Rotaru

1. University of Craiova, Romania
2. INFLPR—National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Romania
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Interests: thermophysical properties of materials (azoic dyes, composites, etc.); thin films of molecular compounds (functional soft materials & complex precursors); kinetics of heterogeneous processes; diffusional properties; dynamic processes in relaxors; structure-properties relation in electroceramics;
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Maria Dinescu

1. INFLPR—National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Romania
2. University of Craiova, Romania
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Interests: laser-matter interactions; functional thin films and heterostructures; coatings of biologically-active materials; matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE); pulsed laser deposition (PLD); laser induced forward transfer (LIFT)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Molecular and soft materials have received great attention due to their novel applications as minute functional materials, often for large-scale manufacturing and in the high-tech industries. Compounds such as liquid crystals, organic fuel cells, organic transistors, coloring indicators, polymeric coatings, cation-containing biologically active inorganic complexes and organometallic materials, composite nanomaterials, fine-coated metals, core–shell nanostructures, catalysts, active bio(macro)molecules, etc., are interesting and valuable candidates. Most of these applications are meaningful in their deposited or dispersed forms, on substrates or over surfaces.

Besides these applications, the fabrication and characterization of surfaces, interfaces, coatings, thin films, nanostructures, functionalized surfaces and composites with a high specific area are key steps in materials science and engineering. Both physical and chemical deposition techniques are employed for coatings and thin films, while usually different wet-chemistry steps and pyrolysis/combustion methods are used in the synthesis of composite materials and functional porous media.

The present Special Issue entitled “Surfaces, Interfaces, Coatings and Nanostructures of Molecular and Soft Materials”, will gather and publish original articles and review papers regarding the synthesis, functionalization, characterization and application of surfaces, interfaces, coatings and nanostructures of molecular and soft materials with outstanding properties, on the following topics:

  • General aspects of surfaces and interfaces
  • Physical and chemical deposition techniques
  • Thin films and coatings by various deposition techniques
  • Transfer of soft materials structures by advanced techniques
  • Imagistics and thermal characterization of flat surfaces
  • Molecular materials and soft materials
  • Inorganic complexes, organic compounds and polymers
  • Composites of porous systems with soft materials
  • Functionalization of surfaces and fabrication of composite materials with a high specific area
  • Characterization of porous media and applications
  • Advanced molecular materials attached to nanotubes and as functional nanomaterials
  • Nanostructures of soft molecular materials
  • Nanocomposites and intercalated minute materials
  • Coated and encapsulated particles, and carbonaceous materials
  • Long-range structuring and self-assembly of molecular materials
  • Physical chemistry of colloidal systems and applications
  • Bio(macro)molecular films and surfaces 
  • Interactions of bio(macro)molecules with surfaces and skin medical remediation

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Andrei Rotaru
Prof. Dr. Maria Dinescu
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Surfaces and interfaces
  • Thin films and coatings
  • Soft materials and molecular materials
  • Chemical deposition techniques
  • Physical deposition and transfer techniques
  • MAPLE (matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation)
  • LIFT (laser-induced forward transfer)
  • Porous materials and composites
  • Nanomaterials, nanotubes, nanostructures
  • Colloids and bio(macro)molecules

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Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Distribution and Diffusion Behaviour of Oil–Water Interfaces
Molecules 2019, 24(10), 1905; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules24101905
Received: 24 April 2019 / Revised: 11 May 2019 / Accepted: 16 May 2019 / Published: 17 May 2019
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The distribution and diffusion behaviors of microscopic particles at fluorobenzene–water and pentanol–water interfaces are investigated using molecular dynamics simulation. The influences of Na+/Cl ions and the steric effects of organic molecules are examined. The concentration distributions of different species, the [...] Read more.
The distribution and diffusion behaviors of microscopic particles at fluorobenzene–water and pentanol–water interfaces are investigated using molecular dynamics simulation. The influences of Na+/Cl ions and the steric effects of organic molecules are examined. The concentration distributions of different species, the orientations of oil molecules at the interface, and oil–water interface morphology as well as the diffusion behaviors of water molecules are explored and analyzed. The results indicate that a few fluorobenzene molecules move into the water phase influenced by Na+/Cl ions, while the pentanol molecules at the interface prefer orientating their hydrophilic groups toward the water phase due to their large size. The water molecules more easily burst into the pentanol phase with larger molecular spaces. As the concentration of ions in the water phase increases, more water molecules enter into the pentanol molecules, leading to larger interface roughness and interface thickness. In addition, a lower diffusion coefficient for water molecules at the fluorobenzene–water interface are observed when introducing Na+/Cl ions in the water phase, while for the pentanol–water system, the mobility of interfacial water molecules are enhanced with less ions and inhibited with more ions. Full article

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