Special Issue "Fabrication and Properties of Bio-Coatings and Their Applications"

A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412). This special issue belongs to the section "Bioactive Coatings and Biointerfaces".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2024 | Viewed by 673

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Yuyun Yang
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Guest Editor
Institute of Surface/Interface Science and Technology, Department of Material Science and Chemical Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 15001, China
Interests: surface modification and treatment; coatings properties and characterization; bioactive and biocompatible coatings; anti-corrosive and anti-friction coatings; nanostructured surface modification; additive manufacture of coatings; machine learning in coating properties
Dr. Maizlinda Izwana Idris
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Guest Editor
Department of Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, 86400 Parit Raja, Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia
Interests: natural polymer biofilm; bioceramics; biocomposites; mechanical properties; antibacterial properties

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Coatings systems, as one of the most effective surface modification strategies, are attracting more and more research attention. Unlike other surface modification approaches, coatings treatment technology could realize the goal of multi-functionalizing matrix materials. For instance, various coatings systems endow matrix materials with superior anti-corrosive, anti-friction, anti-oxidation, anti-bacterial, biocompatible, and electromagnetic shielding properties. With different manufacturing methods, the obtained coatings are characterized via specific testing methods based on the proposed potential application of the coatings. Among all these types of coatings, the bio-coatings are the coatings with favourable biocompatibility or bioactivity, and their targeted application is in the biomedical field.

This Special Issue will serve as a forum for papers covering the following themes:

  • Exploration of optimal bio-coatings’ fabrication techniques.
  • Organic, inorganic, or composite bio-coatings manufactured by chemical or physical vapour deposition, laser cladding, plasma deposition, thermal spraying, anodization, sol-gel method, 3D printing, etc.
  • Novel characterization methods applied to assess the bio-coating system.
  • Property measurement and evaluation of the bio-coatings in the proposed application.
  • Reliability or failure behaviour and their failure mechanism of bio-coatings under specific service environment.
  • Machine learning predicting and verifying the relationship between the fabrication process and bio-coatings’ properties.
  • Biological characterization on the coating system.
  • Evaluation of biocompatibility, bioactivity, and biotribological properties of the coating.
  • Assessment of the antibacterial coatings.

Dr. Yuyun Yang
Dr. Maizlinda Izwana Idris
Guest Editors

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  • bio-coatings
  • characterization methods
  • properties evaluation
  • machine learning

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Influence of Bioactive Glass Addition on TC4 Laser Cladding Coatings: Microstructure and Electrochemical Properties
Coatings 2023, 13(9), 1621; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings13091621 - 15 Sep 2023
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There is a growing interest in enhancing the bioactivity of TC4-based metallic biomaterials, which are known for their excellent biocompatibility. Bioactive glass (BG) has been recognized for its high potential in promoting bioactivity, particularly in osteo tissue engineering. This study focuses on investigating [...] Read more.
There is a growing interest in enhancing the bioactivity of TC4-based metallic biomaterials, which are known for their excellent biocompatibility. Bioactive glass (BG) has been recognized for its high potential in promoting bioactivity, particularly in osteo tissue engineering. This study focuses on investigating the influence of BG addition on the microstructure and electrochemical properties of TC4 coatings. The TC4/BG composite coatings were fabricated through laser cladding, and their microstructure was characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The electrochemical properties of the coatings were assessed through electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and potentiodynamic polarization tests in three different solutions. The results revealed that the incorporation of BG had a significant impact on the microstructure of the TC4 coatings, leading to the formation of a well-defined interface between the TC4 matrix and the BG aggregates. The distribution of BG aggregates within the TC4 matrix coating was found to be random and unrelated to the specific regions of the coating. The metallographic microstructure variations were attributed to different heat dissipation conditions during the laser cladding process. Furthermore, the electrochemical corrosion behavior of TC4/BG composite coatings reveals that they exhibit stability similar to that of passive films and good resistance against media corrosion compared to TC4, while also showing enhanced corrosion resistance in 3.5 wt% NaCl and Dulbecco’s modified Eagle medium (DMEM) solutions, indicating their potential for biomedical applications; however, the corrosion resistance decreases gradually in all solutions, potentially due to the elevated Cl concentration. Further research can explore bioactivity enhancement of TC4/BG composite coatings and investigate the long-term stability and biological response of these coatings in diverse physiological environments. Full article
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