Special Issue "New Trends in Wood Coatings and Surface Modification"

A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412). This special issue belongs to the section "Surface Characterization, Deposition and Modification".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2023) | Viewed by 189

Special Issue Editors

Biotehnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Jamnikarjeva 101, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Interests: wood science; wood decay; wood protection; wood modification; service life prediction; water exclusion efficacy
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Department for Innovation in Biological, Agro-Food and Forest Systems (DIBAF), University of Tuscia, Via S. Camillo Lellis, snc, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
Interests: wood science; wood coatings; biobuilding; biorefinery; biomass; bioeconomy; nanotechnology in wood science and wood preservation; forest-wood chains
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Department for Innovation in Biological, Agro-Food and Forest Systems (DIBAF), University of Tuscia, Via S. Camillo Lellis, snc, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
Interests: wood science; wood coatings; CNC; wood protection; bioeconomy; lignocellulosic waste management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The use of wood and its biocomposites is one of the main tasks of the Bauhaus and European Green Deal, due to the well-established role of wood in mitigating climatic changes. The criticisms from civil society are related to persisting concerns regarding the perception of the material as perishable, which occasionally does not fully respond to the technological expectations and aesthetic appreciation of consumers due also to the extreme variability of its characteristics. The new generation of innovative coatings represent a keystone, as they provide a series of properties that overcome the native wood characteristics. New coatings increase hardness, durability to pathogen attack, and general resistance to degradation with a more appreciable aesthetic appearance and minor impact on the final product density. The natural protective organic compounds and nanotechnologies have a fundamental role in this field, together with surface modifications (such as plasma), which increase the efficiency through more eco-friendly products. Smart coatings are also the future in this field, in view of their capability to be selective in their function. The surface of wood and wood composites is fundamental, impacting the efficiency of the new generation of innovative coatings.

Prof. Dr. Miha Humar
Prof. Dr. Manuela Romagnoli
Guest Editors

Swati Tamantini
Guest Editor Assistant

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. Coatings is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly 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 2600 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.


  • natural biocides
  • nanocoating
  • superficial treatments
  • preservants
  • smart coatings

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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