Special Issue "Synthesis and Modification of Nanostructured Thin Films"
A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 April 2019
We invite you to contribute to a Special Issue of Nanomaterials entitled "Synthesis and Modification of Nanostructured Thin Films", which is devoted to nanostructures for applications in science, technology, and biomedicine. We expect new original results and interpretations in the synthesis of nanostructures with a special emphasis on complex characterizations and multifunctional utilizations.
This Special Issue is open to any kind of synthesis process and also includes multiple congruent characterization, complex interpretations of results, and recent applications in multiple fields.
The conviction of the Guest Editor is that many advances should be marked in the field and they deserve an up-to-date review. The authors should refer to previous progress in the field and try to focus on the latest developments within this domain.
We believe that the time has come for such an evaluation. The topics of this issue are quite generous starting from synthesis via characterization and going to last hour applications of nanomaterials.
Prof. Dr. Ion N. Mihailescu
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Synthesis of nanostructures
- Methods of synthesis
- Characterization of thin films and nanoparticles
- Key technological applications
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Authors: J. Chrzanowska-Giżyńska, T. Moscicki, Z. Szymanski
Abstract: Tungsten borides belong to the group of superhard materials which combine high hardness over 40 GPa together with good thermal stability. The growing interest in efficient machining techniques has attracted attention to this group of ceramics as coating layers. In this paper the properties of the superhard tungsten borides coatings are presented. Several thin film deposition methods as pulsed laser deposition (PLD), magnetron sputtering MS) as well as hybrid magnetron sputtering – pulsed laser deposition (MS-PLD) method were used. Surface morphology and microstructure of deposited films was evaluated using atomic force microscope (AFM) or profilometer and scanning electron microscope (SEM), respectively. The chemical and phase composition was determined using electron diffraction spectroscopy (EDS), X-Ray diffractometry (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The mechanical properties like Vickers hardness (Hv) and Young's modulus values were obtained by using nanoindentation test. Depending on the deposition technique and experimental conditions, various tungsten boride films were obtained, including WB, WB2, WB3. Each of these compositions was super hard, i.e., Hv exceeded 40 GPa. Based on the results obtained, all three deposition methods were compared and evaluated.
Keywords: superhard materials, tungsten borides, thin films