Laser Coatings

A section of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).

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Laser-assisted techniques have been proven to be helpful in producing and modifying coatings, films, surfaces, and interfaces. The specific and selective features of the laser radiation, combined with the uttermost optomechanical, optoelectronics, and photonics advances, have great potential to address the current scientific challenges in surface engineering. The Section “Laser Coatings” aims to cover the fundamental and applied aspects related to coatings production and surface modification by laser radiation to improve properties such as wettability, hydrophobicity, bioactivity, biocompatibility, antifouling, antimicrobial capability, catalytic activity, roughness, corrosion resistance, adhesion, adsorption, bonding ability, wear, friction, hardness, fracture toughness, fatigue behavior, residual stress, conductivity, emissivity, absorption, topography, reflectivity, and other related properties.

A non-exhaustive list of topics suitable for this Section includes:

  • Laser-assisted processes at nano-, micro-, and macro-scales;
  • Short and ultrashort pulsed laser treatments of polymers, ceramics, metals, and composites for general surface applications;
  • Laser-assisted processes for surface modification in biomaterials and medical devices (e.g., laser surface functionalization, degradability modification, bioactive coatings, biocompatibility enhancement, cell alignment, antibacterial functionalization, and laser surface modification of hard and soft tissues);
  • Fabrication of Metallic Micro-/Nano-Composite Materials for Environmental Applications;
  • Laser-assisted or chemical synthesis of catalytic nanoparticles, the surface science of nanomaterials, and surface effects at nanoscale and applications;
  • Laser-assisted production of thin films (e.g., pulsed laser deposition, laser thin-film deposition);
  • Laser-assisted production of thick films (e.g., laser cladding, laser surface alloying);
  • Surface engineering by laser technology (e.g., laser ablation, laser annealing, laser blasting, laser etching, laser electroplating, laser hardening, laser polishing, laser shock peening);
  • Laser surface structuring and related techniques (e.g., laser texturing, hierarchical structuring, laser-induced periodic surface structuring, interference patterning, laser micromachining);
  • Mathematical modeling, theoretical analysis, thermomechanical models, and simulation in laser surface treatments.


  • Laser surface functionalization
  • Laser texturing
  • Biomaterial surface modification
  • Laser ablation
  • Surface engineering
  • Ultrashort laser pulse processing
  • Laser cladding
  • Pulsed laser deposition
  • Tribology
  • Selective laser melting
  • Laser assisted biomimetic process
  • Laser assisted micro- and nano-structuring of surfaces
  • Photocatalysis/piezocatalysis/piezo-photocatalysis
  • Separation and purification

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