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. Contributions range from original scientific articles concerned with applied research or direct applications of coatings, to invited reviews of current technology in specific areas. Papers submitted to this journal are expected to be in line with the following aspects in processes, and properties/performance:

A. Processes: Physical and chemical vapour deposition techniques, thermal and plasma spraying, surface modification by directed energy techniques such as ion, electron and laser beams, thermo-chemical treatment, wet chemical and electrochemical processes such as plating, sol-gel coating, anodization, plasma electrolytic oxidation, etc., but excluding painting.

B. Properties/performance: friction performance, wear resistance (e.g., abrasion, erosion, fretting, etc), corrosion and oxidation resistance, thermal protection, diffusion resistance, hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity, and properties relevant to enhanced functional performance for environmental, 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. Also, papers which include test data should provide full details of the test equipment and parameters. Such papers should report on the synthesis-characterization-properties-performance relationships.
Manuscripts must be written in good English and contain a balanced and up-to-date reference list formatted according to the guide-for-authors.

Note to authors:
In order to be considered for publication, the Covering Letter with your paper should clearly explain the novelty and originality of your research and its scientific contribution beyond previously published papers. If not, your submission will not be considered for publication and will not be sent out for peer-review.

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Editorial board


  • Professor A. Matthews
    School of Materials, University of Manchester, MSS Tower, M13 9PL, Manchester, England, UK


  • Professor G. Abadias
    Institut Pprime (CNRS UPR 3346), Dpt. Physique et Mécanique des Matériaux, Université de Poitiers, SP2MI, Téléport 2, Bd. Marie et Pierre Curie, 86962, Chasseneuil-Futuroscope, France
  • Professor S. Aouadi
    Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering, University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle #305310, Denton, Texas, 76203-5017, USA
  • Professor L. Lusvarghi
    Dipart. di Ingegneria "Enzo Ferrari", Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Via Petro Vivarelli 10/1, 41125, Modena, Italy
  • Professor H.C. Man
    Dept. of Industrial and Systems Eng., The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • Dr. P.J. Martin
    Materials Science & Engineering, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Lindfield, NSW 2070, New South Wales, Australia
  • Dr. J. Patscheider
    Evatec AG, Hauptstrasse 1a, CH-9477, Trübbach, Switzerland
  • Professor I. Petrov
    Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 104 S. Goodwin, Urbana, Illinois, IL 61801, USA
  • Professor C. Rebholz
    Dept. of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, University of Cyprus, 75 Kallipoleos Street, 1678, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Professor S.M.A. Shibli
    Dept. of Chemistry, Kariavattom Campus, University of Kerala, 695 581, Trivandrum, India

Managing Editor

  • Dr. D.T.A. Matthews
    University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands

Editorial Board

  • A. Agarwal
    Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA
  • H. Baránková
    Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Z.H. Barber
    University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, UK
  • M. Bilek
    The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • L.B. Boinovich
    A.N Frumkin Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Moscow, Russian Federation
  • G. Bolelli
    Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy
  • S.P. Brühl
    Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, Concepción del Uruguay, Argentina
  • I.E. Campos Silva
    Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico City, Mexico
  • R.R. Chromik
    McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • P.K. Chu
    City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
  • Y.W. Chung
    Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA
  • J. T. M. De Hosson
    Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
  • A.S.C.M. d'Oliveira
    Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR), Curitiba Paraná, Brazil
  • M. Fenker
    Forschungsintitute Edelmetalle & Metallchemie, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
  • C.A. Figueroa
    Universidade de Caxias do Sul, Caxias do Sul, Brazil
  • V. de Freitas Cunha Lins
    Federal University of Minas Gerais, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Y. Gotoh
    Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
  • M. Guagliano
    Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
  • R.B. Heimann
    Goerlitz, Germany
  • C.T. Kwok
    University of Macau, Macau, China
  • J.-W. Lee
    Ming Chi University of Technology, Taipei, Taiwan
  • X.P. Lu
    Northeastern University China, Shenyang, China
  • D. Manova
    Leibniz-Institut für Oberflächenmodifizierung, Leipzig, Germany
  • P. Mayrhofer
    TU Wien, Wien, Austria
  • C. Mitterer
    Montanuniversität Leoben, Leoben, Austria
  • M.F. Montemor
    Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisboa, Portugal
  • E.A. Pavlatou
    National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Athens, Greece
  • L. Pawlowski
    Université de Limoges, Limoges, France
  • N. Schalk
    Montanuniversität Leoben, Leoben, Austria
  • J.M. Schneider
    RWTH Aachen University (RWTH), Aachen, Germany
  • S.Z. Shanyong
    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore
  • W.D. Sproul
    Reactive Sputtering Consulting, LLC, San Marcos, California, USA
  • M. Stueber
    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Eggenstein-Leopoldshaften, Germany
  • X.B Tian
    Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China
  • A. Vesel
    Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • V. Vitry
    University of Mons, Mons, Belgium
  • F.C. Walsh
    University of Southampton, Southampton, England, UK
  • S.G. Walton
    U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
  • M.S. Wong
    National Dong Hwa University, Hualien, Taiwan
  • Y.L. Wu
    Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Innovis, Singapore
  • A. Yerokhin
    University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  • Y. Zuo
    Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, China