This special collection features articles dedicated to the science, engineering, and technology of functional and multifunctional coatings which not only provide one basic characteristic (protection, optical, electrochemical, biomedical etc.) to the surfaces on which they are applied but also add significant novel function or functions. Topics include but are not limited to the coating processes and their diagnostics and monitoring, bulk, surface and interface characterization of coating systems, structural control on the nanoscale, stress and defects in coatings, cohesive strength, durability, and advanced coating applications.
Guest Editors: Ludvik Martinu, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
Image Credit: Feng Jin, Ansibert Miruko, Daniel Litt, and Karolena Zhou, JVST A 40(1), 10.1116/6.0001467, (2022).