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International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering
International Journal of Surface Science and Engineering


Special issue on: "High Performance Coatings for Metals and Plastics"

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.

Subject Coverage
Topics covered by this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • High performance organic and metallic coatings
  • Tribology of coatings
  • Nanostructured coatings
  • Nanocomposites for coatings
  • Coating technology and engineering
  • Techniques and procedures for coating characterisation and analysis
  • Hybrid coatings
  • New industrial applications for coatings
  • Modelling of coating processes and prediction on frozen stresses
  • Adhesion between core material and coating

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Submission: 31 October 2007 (Extended deadline)