Advances in Processing and Characterization of Conversion Coatings

09-10-2021

There is an ongoing demand for metal surface properties improvement. New films with altered physical and chemical properties on the metal substrate and coatings are increasingly examined. One of the widely used traditional surface modifications is by conversions coatings (CC) formed in-situ on a metal surface by the chemical or electrochemical reaction of the metal substrate with anions in the solution. Commonly used phosphate and chromate coatings and anodic films compete with next-generation chromium-free products, such as plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) products, zirconium oxide, Mo, Ce-Mo, Ti-based ones, to name a few. New functionalities have emerged with applications spanning from better appearance, increased adhesion, hardness, wear or lubricity, and corrosion protection. 

The scope of this Special Issue is to provide a diverse set of articles on various aspects of conversion coatings on practically all metals, covering the comprehensive synthesis procedures with their process parameters and their influence on microstructure, morphology, porosity, crystalline phases, texture, grain size, physical properties and the broad range of applications. Emphasis will be placed on CC for corrosion protection, but the role of CC in wear, hardness, tribology and other areas is also welcome. Therefore, we would like to invite all researchers working on conversion coatings to contribute with their experimental or theoretical results addressing modern trends /advances in processing, characterization and application of Conversion Coatings.

The guest-editor of the special issue is Professor Jelena Bajat, University of Belgrade, Serbia. The special issue is planned for June 2022 and the submission deadline is February 15, 2022. Please select "Conversion coatings" under the Section field when submitting articles for this thematic issue.