Surface and Coatings Technology is an international archival journal publishing scientific papers on surface and interface engineering to modify and improve the surface properties of materials for protection in demanding contact conditions or aggressive environments, or for enhanced functional performance. This journal is the principal forum for the interchange of information on the science, technology and applications of thin films, coatings and surface treatments. Contributions range from original scientific articles concerned with applied research or direct applications of coatings, to invited reviews of current technology in specific areas. Original articles are solicited on topics included in the scope of the journal, which covers one or more of the following major areas:
A. Physical and chemical vapour deposition techniques, thermal and plasma spraying, electroplating and surface modification by directed energy techniques such as ion, electron and laser beams.
B. Characterization and evaluation of coatings and modified surfaces. Investigation of their tribological behaviour or interactions with the environment.
C. Surface engineering to improve friction performance, wear resistance (e.g., abrasion, erosion, fretting, etc), to provide protection against corrosion phenomena (e.g., in aqueous solutions or at high temperature) and/or ensure thermal protection, diffusion resistance and hydrophobicity.
D. Coatings and surface engineering solutions to improve the operating performance of component surfaces, for example in energy and medical applications, but excluding device aspects.
Articles must go beyond the technical recipe format and gain new understanding and insight based on detailed characterization of coatings and processes. Experimental papers should provide complete information on the process parameters and an appropriate microstructural characterization.