About this Research Topic
The global cost of corrosion is over US$4 trillion annually, which is about 40 times higher than the damages in Hurricane Katrina. In contrast to the weather-related disasters, half of the corrosion costs can be prevented through appropriate corrosion management and methods. Coating is one of the best effective ways for preventing and controlling the destructive oxidation of metallic materials and the degradation of nonmetallic materials. The past decade has seen great interest in the development of smart coatings with autonomic functionalities for corrosion protection of metallic and nonmetallic materials. The smart coatings can provide either autonomic response to fluctuations and variations of coating integrity (such as disruption, and melting) or stimulated response to changes in the external conditions (such as pH, temperature, light, humidity, and ionic strength of corrosive electrolyte) surrounding the coating.
This Research Topic focuses on the recent developments in smart nanomaterials and their characteristics that lead to the creation of smart and advanced coatings for corrosion protection of metallic and nonmetallic materials. The goal of the Research Topic is to provide a platform for exchanging ideas, disseminating important advancements, sharing visions and concepts in the fast-evolving area of any advanced materials that are beneficial to the corrosion resistance of the coatings.
All high-quality Original Research and Review articles (including perspectives, and mini-reviews) emphasizing promoting the development of corrosion science and engineering for application in different areas are welcomed for submission to this Research Topic. Potential anti-corrosive coatings include but are not limited to the following:
• Autonomous and non-autonomous healing coatings
• Advanced nanocontainer or microcapsules, such as layered double hydroxide, halloysite, nanotubes, mesoporous SiO2, graphene oxide, for production of smart coatings.
• Metallic, organic, inorganic, and hybrid coatings
• Smart coatings prepared by different methods, including chemical conversion, plasma electrolytic oxidation, thermal/cold spraying, and etc.
• Smart coatings with other functions such as self-cleaning, anti-icing, anti-fogging, anti-fouling, super hydrophobicity, and etc.
• Substrates for corrosion protection include conventional metallic materials (e.g., steel) and promising structural light alloys (e.g., Mg and Ti alloys).
• Applications include construction, aerospace, chemical and biomedical industries, automotive, 3C products, and military.
Keywords: Surface modification, Smart coating, Corrosion protection, Self-healing, Nanocontainer, Metallic oxidation, Materials degradation
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