Multilayer Coatings for Nanomaterials: From Synthesis to Applications

A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412). This special issue belongs to the section "Surface Engineering for Energy Harvesting, Conversion, and Storage".

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Interests: RF-PECVD; PLD; nanomaterials and nanostructure systems; thin film deposition; morphological characterization; electrical characterization; PV devices; solar cells; polymers; morphological characterization (SEM)
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Electricity, Solid State Physics, and Biophysics Department, Faculty of Physics, University of Bucharest, 90 Panduri Road, 050663 Bucharest, Romania
Interests: nanomaterials; nanostructures; nanotechnologies; 2D architectures; organic/inorganic thin films; electronic/optoelectronic devices
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Interests: plasma deposition methods; spectral characterization of deposition plasma; thin films for biomedical applications; biopolymers
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over time, there has been significant interest in the coatings of a single layer and in multiple layers, with various applications in electronics and optoelectronics. Theoretical and experimental developments have been made during the last decade in the coatings field; many innovative approaches are already applied to solar cells, fuel cells, sensors, memories, and so on. 

The aim of this Special Issue is to highlight the recent evolution and mature approaches in plasma-sprayed thermal coatings by covering scientific interest for metals, organic and inorganic semiconductors, conductive polymers, isolators, biomaterials, and ceramics, with possible applications in electronics and optoelectronics. The manufacture, design, and performance testing of different architectures from bulk materials to nanostructured configurations, including graphene, carbon nanotubes, and metallic nanowires, are expected to be part of this volume. In accordance with the importance of the coatings research area, both theoretical and experimental approaches are encouraged.

This Special Issue presents an array of research, from materials to applications, highlighting innovative approaches to multifunctional coatings.

The door is open for your recent cutting-edge work.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but not limited to) the following:

  • Experimental research and knowledge on material deposition and preventive coatings mechanisms.
  • Developments in multi-functional organic, inorganic and hybrid coatings for PV.
  • Coatings produced by plasma processes, thermal spray, laser and plasma processing, PLD, PECVD, TVA, etc.
  • Experimental and processing high-performance coatings with exposure to high temperatures, high stress, and other extreme environment applications.
  • Laser pyrolysis, chemical exfoliation and deposition.
  • Optoelectronic devices based on organic or inorganic materials.
  • Computer modelling, numerical simulations to predict coating properties, performance, durability and reliability in service environments.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Bogdan Biță
Dr. Sorina Iftimie
Dr. Andreea Groza
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • plasma coating
  • RF-PECVD
  • graphene
  • PEM fuel cells
  • laser pyrolysis
  • thermal barierer coating
  • photovoltaic cells
  • energy conversion

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Albumin–Rutin Nanoparticles: Design, Characterization, and Biophysical Evaluation
by Claudia G. Chilom, Adriana Elena Balan, Teodor Adrian Enache, Daniela Oprea, Monica Enculescu, Monica Florescu and Melinda David
Coatings 2024, 14(2), 220; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings14020220 - 10 Feb 2024
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The bioavailability of the administered drugs that reach the systemic circulation is the first point in resolving the pathology of patients. Albumin-based nanoparticles represent an increasingly used strategy to deliver cancer drugs into cells that otherwise cannot overcome biological barriers. In this work, [...] Read more.
The bioavailability of the administered drugs that reach the systemic circulation is the first point in resolving the pathology of patients. Albumin-based nanoparticles represent an increasingly used strategy to deliver cancer drugs into cells that otherwise cannot overcome biological barriers. In this work, rutin (Ru), a flavonoid with anticancer and antioxidant potential, was incorporated into bovine serum albumin nanoparticles (BSA-Ru NPs), developed using the desolvation method, and the entire system was characterized and evaluated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and UV–Vis absorption spectroscopy. The results showed that BSA and BSA–Ru NPs are uniformly distributed, have relatively large sizes, and have a time stability of more than 60%. Furthermore, the effect of these nanohybrids on the thermal stability of liposomal membranes was evaluated by surface plasmon resonance (SPR), cyclic voltammetry (CV), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The viability evaluation was assessed by the tetrazolium salt (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-5-(3-carboxymethoxyphenyl)-2-(4-sulfophenyl)-2H-tetrazolium) (MTS) protocol in the fibroblast L929 line and a high level of biocompatibility, confirmed by SEM results, was found. Full article
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Bio-Entities Based on Albumin Nanoparticles and Biomimetic Cell Membranes: Design, Characterization and Biophysical Evaluation
by Marcela-Elisabeta Barbinta-Patrascu, Sorina Iftimie, Nicoleta Cazacu, Diana Lavinia Stan, Andreea Costas, Adriana Elena Balan and Claudia Gabriela Chilom
Coatings 2023, 13(4), 671; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings13040671 - 24 Mar 2023
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Protein-based particles are one of the most important research topics in nanomedicine, being used especially as drug delivery systems. From the wide variety of proteins, albumins offer several advantages in biomedical applications due to their special properties. Albumin nanoparticles play an important role [...] Read more.
Protein-based particles are one of the most important research topics in nanomedicine, being used especially as drug delivery systems. From the wide variety of proteins, albumins offer several advantages in biomedical applications due to their special properties. Albumin nanoparticles play an important role as carriers in the drug delivery of chemical and biomolecular drugs, such as anticancer drugs; offer many advantages, such as biocompatibility and biodegradability; and are well-tolerated, without any side effects. In this work, various types of bovine serum albumin nanoparticles (BSA NPs), with or without ascorbic acid or glucose, were prepared via different nanoprecipitation methods. The obtained BSA NPs were characterized by UV–Vis absorption spectroscopy. Their size and morphology were studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). The stability in time of the developed BSA NPs was spectrally monitored. Three types of bio-entities containing BSA NPs and chlorophyll-labeled artificial cell membranes were “green” developed. The designed biohybrids were characterized by UV–Vis absorption and fluorescence emission spectroscopy, and their three-dimensional topography was investigated by AFM. Both the size and shape of the developed bio-entities were monitored through SEM analysis. These results could be exploited in the development of novel drug carrier systems or as bio-coatings to be used in the biomedical field. Full article
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Advances in Antimicrobial Coatings for Preventing Infections of Head-Related Implantable Medical Devices
by Irina Negut, Catalina Albu and Bogdan Bita
Coatings 2024, 14(3), 256; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings14030256 - 21 Feb 2024
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During surgery and after, pathogens can contaminate indwelling and implanted medical devices, resulting in serious infections. Microbial colonization, infection, and later biofilm formation are major complications associated with the use of implants and represent major risk factors in implant failure. Despite the fact [...] Read more.
During surgery and after, pathogens can contaminate indwelling and implanted medical devices, resulting in serious infections. Microbial colonization, infection, and later biofilm formation are major complications associated with the use of implants and represent major risk factors in implant failure. Despite the fact that aseptic surgery and the use of antimicrobial medications can lower the risk of infection, systemic antibiotic use can result in a loss of efficacy, increased tissue toxicity, and the development of drug-resistant diseases. This work explores the advancements in antimicrobial coatings for head-related implantable medical devices, addressing the critical issue of infection prevention. It emphasizes the significance of these coatings in reducing biofilm formation and microbial colonization and highlights various techniques and materials used in creating effective antimicrobial surfaces. Moreover, this article presents a comprehensive overview of the current strategies and future directions in antimicrobial coating research, aiming to improve patient outcomes by preventing head-related implant-associated infections. Full article
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