Topical Collection "The Fourth State of Engineering: Nanoengineered Materials and Coatings Facilitated by Plasma Techniques"


Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Krasimir Vasilev

Mawson Institute and School of Engineering, Mawson Lakes Campus, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes SA 5095, Australia
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Interests: Antibacterial coatings; biomaterials; medical devices; plasma polymers; surface modification; biointerfaces; drug delivery; nanomaterials
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Kostya (Ken) Ostrikov

School of Chemistry, Physics, and Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Future Environments, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Queensland University of Technology
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Interests: Applications of plasmas in nanotechnology, health care, manufacturing, catalysis, ago, food, and cleantech
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Dr. Thomas Michl

Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes Blvd, Mawson Lakes, SA 5095, Australia
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Interests: antifungal & antibacterial surface coatings, low-fouling coatings, plasma polymerization, SI-ATRP, contact-killing materials, thin films, surface analysis
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Dr. Akash Bachhuka

ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics and Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, The University of Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia
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Interests: chemical and biosensors; biomaterials; thin film coatings; plasma polymerization; surface modification of 2D and 3D substrates; effective drug delivery platforms; bio-interfaces; immunological responses to biomaterials

Topical Collection Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plasma, the fourth state of matter, has captivated humans for millennia. In the last several decades, we have witnessed exciting breakthroughs in the use of plasma processes; to generating a diverse range of nanomaterials, nanoengineered coatings and interfaces. Examples include nanowires, nanotubes, nanoparticles, and nanostructured coatings for applications in numerous areas of everyday life, ranging from medical devices to electronics. Furthermore, many of these materials, coatings and interfaces are unique and cannot be derived by “conventional” means.

This Special Issue will bring together the latest advances in the fields of plasma nanoengineering of interfaces, coatings and structures and their application in a multitude of fields. In addition, the issue will highlight current challenges and obstacles. Overcoming these challenges and obstacles will foster the fundamental understanding of the physical, chemical and physicochemical phenomena underpinning the plasma facilitated processes.

Finally, this Special Issue will provide state-of-the art guidance to researchers and engineers in the plasma-field, as well as inform the community about future directions.

For this reason, in this Special Issue, we invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles. These articles are to inspire research towards the next generation of plasma derived nanoscale interfaces, coatings and structures. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Plasma synthesis of nanomaterials
  • Nanoscale plasma polymer coatings
  • Plasma assisted surface modification
  • Plasma nano texturing of surfaces
  • Applications of plasma derived nanomaterials, coatings and interfaces in different fields (such as medicine, energy, agriculture and beyond)
  • Modeling of plasma facilitated process for fabrication of nanomaterials

Prof. Dr. Krasimir Vasilev
Prof. Dr. Kostya (Ken) Ostrikov
Dr. Thomas Michl
Dr. Akash Bachhuka
Guest Editors

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  • plasma nanomaterials
  • plasma polymerization
  • plasma nanosynthesis
  • plasma deposition
  • plasma etching
  • plasma polymerization
  • plasma coatings
  • plasma medicine
  • plasma agriculture
  • plasma applications

Published Papers (1 paper)


Open AccessArticle Preparation of Nickel Nanoparticles by Direct Current Arc Discharge Method and Their Catalytic Application in Hybrid Na-Air Battery
Nanomaterials 2018, 8(9), 684;
Received: 7 August 2018 / Revised: 28 August 2018 / Accepted: 28 August 2018 / Published: 1 September 2018
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Nickel nanoparticles were prepared by the arc discharge method. Argon and argon/hydrogen mixtures were used as plasma gas; the evaporation of anode material chiefly resulted in the formation of different arc-anode attachments at different hydrogen concentrations. The concentration of hydrogen was fixed at [...] Read more.
Nickel nanoparticles were prepared by the arc discharge method. Argon and argon/hydrogen mixtures were used as plasma gas; the evaporation of anode material chiefly resulted in the formation of different arc-anode attachments at different hydrogen concentrations. The concentration of hydrogen was fixed at 0, 30, and 50 vol% in argon arc, corresponding to diffuse, multiple, and constricted arc-anode attachments, respectively, which were observed by using a high-speed camera. The images of the cathode and anode jets were observed with a suitable band-pass filter. The relationship between the area change of the cathode/anode jet and the synchronous voltage/current waveform was studied. By investigating diverse arc-anode attachments, the effect of hydrogen concentration on the features of nickel nanoparticles were investigated, finding that 50 vol% H2 concentration has high productivity, fine crystallinity, and appropriate size distribution. The synthesized nickel nanoparticles were then used as catalysts in a hybrid sodium–air battery. Compared with commercial a silver nanoparticle catalyst and carbon black, nickel nanoparticles have better electrocatalytic performance. The promising electrocatalytic activity of nickel nanoparticles can be ascribed to their good crystallinity, effective activation sites, and Ni/NiO composite structures. Nickel nanoparticles prepared by the direct current (DC) arc discharge method have the potential to be applied as catalysts on a large scale. Full article

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