Special Issues

Coatings publishes Special Issues to create collections of papers on specific topics, with the aim of building a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors, who are experts on the topic. The journal’s Editor-in-Chief and/or designated EBM will oversee Guest Editor appointments and Special Issue proposals, checking their content for relevance and ensuring the suitability of the material for the journal. The papers published in a Special Issue will be collected and displayed on a dedicated page of the journal’s website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Perspective Coatings for Optical Materials Modifications submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 10 articles | Viewed by 15990 | Submission Open
Keywords: Optical materials innovative coatings; carbon nanotubes; Au; Ag nanoparticles; methods used for coatings development; PVD and CVD technique; laser oriented approach; spectral shift refractive characteristics; mechanical strength; wetting angle; corrosion interaction of irradiation with matter
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification)
Synthesis, Characterization and Performance Enhancement of Electrode and Biomaterial Coatings
edited by , and
submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 10137 | Submission Open
Keywords: electrode coatings; coating protection; surface modification; wearable systems; advanced electronic packaging
(This special issue belongs to the Section Bioactive Coatings and Biointerfaces)
Bioactive Coatings on Elements Used in the Oral Cavity Environment
edited by and Elie Amm
submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 9478 | Submission Open
Keywords: bioactive coatings; surface modification; dentistry material characterization; surface microstructure; biocompatibility
(This special issue belongs to the Section Bioactive Coatings and Biointerfaces)
Coatings and Thin Films for Food Packaging Applications submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 9438 | Submission Open
Keywords: food packaging coatings; active and intelligent materials; migration and safety; recyclable plastics; modelling mass transfer
(This special issue belongs to the Section Coatings for Food Technology and System)
Recent Achievements in Coatings Electroplating from Non-aqueous Electrolytes submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4801 | Submission Open
Keywords: non-aqueous solutions; coatings’ electrodeposition; ionic liquids; molten salts; inorganic electrolytes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification)
Coatings in Industry submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4176 | Submission Open
Keywords: Industry coatings; Friction; Corrosion; Wear
(This special issue belongs to the Section Corrosion, Wear and Erosion)
Corrosion/Wear Mechanisms and Protective Methods
edited by Hejie Yang
submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1759 | Submission Open
Keywords: surface wear; corrosion and erosion; surface modification; protective coating
(This special issue belongs to the Section Corrosion, Wear and Erosion)
Advances in Thin Film Transistors: Properties and Applications, 2nd Edition submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1224 | Submission Open
Keywords: thin-film transistors; organic thin-film transistors; oxide semiconductor materials; crystal growth of semiconductor materials and modeling; high-k dielectric; high-dielectric-constant materials; device physics; heterointegration; reliability (positive/negative voltage bias; light illumination; temperature; etc.); oxide-based application (biosensors; photo sensors; gas sensors; pressure sensors; memory; etc.)
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Engineering for Energy Harvesting, Conversion, and Storage)
Visual Appearance of Mobility Coatings
edited by Francisco Verdu
submission deadline 20 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 186 | Submission Open
Keywords: pigments; additives; coating systems; functional coatings; vehicles; instrumentation for visual appearance; digital simulation; multiscale approach
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification)
Corrosion Resistance, Mechanical Properties and Characterization of Metallic Materials and Coatings
edited by and
submission deadline 25 Apr 2024 | 10 articles | Viewed by 10647 | Submission Open
Keywords: corrosion resistance; mechanical properties; metallic materials; coatings; microstructure; material characterization; wear and errosion
(This special issue belongs to the Section Corrosion, Wear and Erosion)
Fabrication and Biomedical Applications of Multifunctional Bio-Interfaces submission deadline 28 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2002 | Submission Open
Keywords: biomaterials and bio-interfaces; multifunctional biomaterials; tissue engineering; bone and dental regeneration
(This special issue belongs to the Section Bioactive Coatings and Biointerfaces)
Environmental Corrosion of Metals and Its Prevention
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 13 articles | Viewed by 28131 | Submission Open
Keywords: corrosion; metal; chemical conversion film; electroplating film; thermal-sprayed coating; anticorrosive coating; functional coating
(This special issue belongs to the Section Corrosion, Wear and Erosion)
Carbon and Carbon-Based Composite Thin Films/Coatings: Synthesis, Properties and Applications
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 12 articles | Viewed by 20190 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification)
New Advance in Nanoparticles, Fiber, and Coatings submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 16454 | Submission Open
Keywords: Nanoparticles; Fiber; Coatings; Electrochemical characterization; Conductivity; Luminescence
(This special issue belongs to the Section Bioactive Coatings and Biointerfaces)
Synthesis, Properties and Application of Thin Films, Nanofilms and Nanocrystals
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 10216 | Submission Open
Keywords: nanoscale films; nanocrystals; activation of synthesis processes; heterostructures; core-shell structures
(This special issue belongs to the Section Thin Films)
Additive Manufacturing of Metallic Components for Hard Coatings
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 8939 | Submission Open
Keywords: additive manufacturing; selective laser melting; direct energy deposition; laser cladding; metals; metal matrix composites; cermets
(This special issue belongs to the Section Tribology)
Novel Coatings for Preventing Marine Biofouling and Corrosion submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 8886 | Submission Open
Keywords: biofouling; corrosion; antifouling coatings; anticorrosion coatings; adhesion
(This special issue belongs to the Section Corrosion, Wear and Erosion)
Advanced Surface Technology and Application submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 8271 | Submission Open
Keywords: surface engineering; novel surface  material systems; external field assisted  surface technology; repair; novel  surface technology  methods; simulation analysis; monitoring and control of  surface technology  processes; frictional wear and lubrication
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification)
Functional Films/Coatings Processing Technologies: Deposition and Process submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 7861 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Thin Films)
Advanced Coating Technology by Physical Vapor Deposition and Applications
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 6915 | Submission Open
Keywords: physical vapor deposition; coating technology; thin film; multilayer coatings; optical interference coatings; sputtering; evaporation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification)
Energy Efficient Coatings
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 5531 | Submission Open
Keywords: optical coatings; solar coatings; thermodynamic coatings; cool materials; automotive coatings; near-zero-energy buildings; energy-efficient optical coating for glass; energy efficient roof coatings
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Engineering for Energy Harvesting, Conversion, and Storage)
Self-Lubricating Materials and Coatings submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 5399 | Submission Open
Keywords: self-lubricating coating; self-lubricating surface layers; self-lubricating materials; self-lubricating composites; self-lubricating sinters; solid lubricant; wear resistance; wear mechanism; tribofilm
(This special issue belongs to the Section Liquid–Fluid Coatings, Surfaces and Interfaces)
Novel Trends and Emerging Technologies in Green Coatings and Packaging Materials
edited by and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 4242 | Submission Open
Keywords: packaging; electrospinning technology; nanoparticles and nanomaterials; active and smart/intelligent packaging; coatings; antimicrobial; food safety and quality; shelf life; bioactive compounds and essential oils
(This special issue belongs to the Section Coatings for Food Technology and System)
Compositionally Complex Coatings submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4025 | Submission Open
Keywords: compositionally complex alloys; compositionally complex ceramics; powder processing; coatings; repairs; cold spray; thermal spray; laser cladding; arc welding; wear; corrosion; microstructure; mechanical properties
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification)
Microstructure, Mechanical and Tribological Properties of Alloys
edited by Shuiqing Liu and Ru Su
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3128 | Submission Open
Keywords: zirconium for nuclear power; advanced alloys; additive manufacturing; microstructure characterization and analysis; strengthening and toughening mechanism; wear mechanism; solidification and casting; surface treatment and heat treatment; machine learning
(This special issue belongs to the Section Corrosion, Wear and Erosion)
Surface Treatment for Steel Materials
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2818 | Submission Open
Keywords: surface severe plastic deformation; surface chemical heat treatment; surface coating; surface electro-plating; electrodeposition
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification)
Recent Studies of Metal and Metal Compound Coatings: Microstructure, Properties, and Applications submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2224 | Submission Open
Keywords: photo(catalyst); water splitting; energy conversion; energy storage; nanoparticles; metal corrosion; metal compounds; sustainable coatings
(This special issue belongs to the Section Corrosion, Wear and Erosion)
Review Papers Collection for Smart Coatings
edited by and Yizhi Zhuo
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1452 | Submission Open
Keywords: smart coatings; surface functionality; surface mechanics; surface chemistry; surface fabrication and characterization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification)
Tribomechanical and Corrosion Tests for Advanced Surface Characterization submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1067 | Submission Open
Keywords: tribology; PVD; SolGel; ion implantation; corrosion
(This special issue belongs to the Section Corrosion, Wear and Erosion)
Advances in Two-Dimensional Materials: From Synthesis to Applications
edited by Liang Xu
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1066 | Submission Open
Keywords: two-dimensional materials; synthesis methods; doping; heterojunctions; semiconductor; photocatalysts; energy storage and conversion; electronics; optoelectronics; sensing; biomedical applications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Engineering for Energy Harvesting, Conversion, and Storage)
AI-Driven Surface Engineering and Coating
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 236 | Submission Open
Keywords: intelligent design; biomimetic design; smart manufacturing; surface engineering; coating
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification)
Advances in Polymer-Based Thin Films
edited by , Ana Drinčić and
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 236 | Submission Open
Keywords: novel synthesis and processing methods for polymer-based coatings and thin films; surface modification of polymers for improved adhesion; wetting; and corrosion resistance; multifunctional coatings and thin films for sensing; actuation; and energy storage; bioinspired coatings and thin films for biomedical applications; advanced characterization techniques for polymer-based coatings and thin films; computational modeling and simulation of polymer-based coatings and thin films; scale-up and manufacturing of polymer-based coatings and thin films; challenges and opportunities in commercializing polymer-based coatings and thin films
(This special issue belongs to the Section Functional Polymer Coatings and Films)
Thin Films for Thermoelectric Applications: Second Volume submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 221 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Thin Films)
Functional Surface Modification Using Concentrated Energy Flows
edited by and Oksana Gaponova
submission deadline 30 Apr 2024 | Viewed by 129 | Submission Open
Keywords: laser; ion beams; electron beams; coating; texturing; microstructure; nanostructure; properties; tribology; simulation models
(This special issue belongs to the Section Laser Coatings)
Biocomposite Coatings for Enamel and Dentin Protection
edited by and
submission deadline 1 May 2024 | Viewed by 189 | Submission Open
Keywords: biocomposite coatings; dentine; enamel; acidity; dental caries; erosion; organic acids; ddemineralization; remineralization; dentistry
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Coatings for Biomedicine and Bioengineering)
Advances in Surface Engineering and Biocompatible Coatings for Biomedical Applications submission deadline 10 May 2024 | 14 articles | Viewed by 19787 | Submission Open
Keywords: adhesion; antibacterial activity; biocompatibility; biomimetics; coating technology; corrosion; implant; nanotechnology; surface topography; toxicity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Coatings for Biomedicine and Bioengineering)
Surface Treatment for Alloys submission deadline 10 May 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 11814 | Submission Open
Keywords: nonferrous alloys; heat treatment; surface treatment; ferrous alloys; surface treatment modelling; protective coatings; layers modeling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification)
Bio-Nanocomposite Coatings: A Potential Strategy to Improve the Overall Performance of Food Packaging Materials submission deadline 10 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 6696 | Submission Open
Keywords: bio-nanocomposites; food packaging materials; functional properties; surface properties; sustainability
(This special issue belongs to the Section Coatings for Food Technology and System)
Recent Advances in Nanoporous and Nanostructured Metals
edited by
submission deadline 10 May 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2144 | Submission Open
Keywords: nanoporous and nanostructured metals; dealloying; electrodeposition; SERS and sensors; electrocatalysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Corrosion, Wear and Erosion)
Advances in Hydrophobic Surfaces, Texturing, and Coatings: Unveiling the Future of Surface Engineering
edited by , Javier Lara-Romero and Melvyn Alvarez Vera
submission deadline 10 May 2024 | Viewed by 165 | Submission Open
Keywords: hydrophobic surfaces; laser surface texturing (LST); coatings tribology; advanced coatings; advanced surface engineering; biomedical and engineering applications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Coatings for Biomedicine and Bioengineering)
Ceramic and Metallic Biomaterials. Application in Medical Sciences submission deadline 15 May 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 16182 | Submission Open
Keywords: ceramic biomaterials; metallic biomaterials; dental materials; medical application; biocompatibility; manipulation of living cells; cancer detection; cancer treatment; implants; tissue engineering
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Coatings for Biomedicine and Bioengineering)
Progresses and Challenges in Experimental Characterization of Coatings submission deadline 15 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 5885 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification)
Analysis of Structure and Mechanical Properties of Coatings
edited by Huayang Dang
submission deadline 15 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1865 | Submission Open
Keywords: coatings and thin films; structure analysis; mechanical properties preparation technology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Plasma Coatings, Surfaces & Interfaces)
Recent Advances in Thin Films Deposited by Vacuum Methods submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 17431 | Submission Open
Keywords: surface engineering; thin films; nanomaterials; vacuum methods
(This special issue belongs to the Section Thin Films)
Advanced High-Entropy Materials and Coatings
edited by
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 14213 | Submission Open
Keywords: high-entropy materials; microstructures; thin films; mechanical property; corrosion; oxidation; modeling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Corrosion, Wear and Erosion)
Advances of Nanoparticles and Thin Films submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 13827 | Submission Open
Keywords: organic and/or inorganic nanoparticles; metal– organic nanostructures; metal– oxide nanoparticles and/or thin films; methods of preparation and assembly; properties; functioning mechanisms; and applications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Thin Films)
High Entropy Alloy Films
edited by
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 9974 | Submission Open
Keywords: High entropy alloy films; Thin film technologies; Composition design; Structures and properties; Hardening and strengthening; Modeling; Applications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Thin Films)
Functional Coatings of Porous Materials submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 7510 | Submission Open
Keywords: nanocoatings; electrospinning; electrospraying; functional coatings; porous structures
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification)
Anti-corrosion Coatings: New Ideas to Make Them More Effective
edited by
submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 6571 | Submission Open
Keywords: anti-corrosion coatings; high-performance coatings; coating testing; coating reliability; multifunctional coatings
(This special issue belongs to the Section Corrosion, Wear and Erosion)
Chitosan and Other Edible Coatings with Antimicrobial Activity: Synthesis, Properties and Horticultural Applications II submission deadline 20 May 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 5206 | Submission Open
Keywords: edible coatings; horticultural produce; physiological responses; microbial decay control; postharvest quality and safety
(This special issue belongs to the Section Coatings for Food Technology and System)
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