Call for papers: High Performance Coatings for Metals and Plastics
A special issue of the International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering (IJSurfSE)
Submission: 30 June 2007
Decision: 30 September 2007
Revised manuscripts: 31 December 2007
Guest Editor: Dr. Fabrizio Quadrini, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy
Coating engineering is increasingly a key factor for the development of new processes and products. There are two important ways of thinking about coatings. In the first case, the coating is the skin of a core material. Materials for coating and core can differ significantly and their combinations provide increased performance compared to the materials alone. A typical example is the hard coating of steel tools for machining. The skin hardness enhances tool life and machining tolerance whereas the core toughness is responsible for shock response and compliance.
The second way of viewing coatings is the way they are becoming one of the most important goals in the industrial practice. As the external surface is the link between the consumer and the product, the coating technology is becoming the way to give to poor materials the appearance of high performance materials. As a consequence, developments in coating performances produce new processes and new products and industrial demand is always increasing.
The performance of coatings has to be driven toward the highest levels. Many challenges still remain. Anti-scratch coatings for plastics and high-life tribological coatings for metals are only two examples. The goal of this special issue is to collect the main research experiences and innovations in the field of the coating engineering, both for organic and metallic substrates. Organic, metallic, ceramic and hybrid coatings are all of interest for the purpose of the special issue. Furthermore, submitted papers may deal with technological innovations, fabrication of new materials for coating, definition of new processes, techniques for coating characterisation and analysis.
For more information, please see the Journal Call for Papers website.