Thin films’ growth on flexible substrates gives a new input to the research activity, opening the possibility to realize innovative devices for various applications, such as electronics, opto-electronics, wearable designs, solid-state detectors, medicine, etc.
Due to the interdisciplinary goal of this issue, different types of flexible substrates (biodegradable foil, plastics foil, metals foil, polyimide, polyethylene naphthalene, polyethylene terephthalate etc.) as well as different deposition methods (sputtering, evaporation, PECVD, MBE, spinning, dipping, etc.) are considered for publication. Thin film deposition quality referring to good homogeneity, adhesion by the minimization of the stress/strain due to lattice mismatch, crystalline structure, mechanical and opto-electronic properties can be tested through several characterization methods, enhancing their features for the final goal technology.
Topics should include (but are not limited to):
- Thin film growth technique on flexible substrates;
- Properties of thin films (opto-electronic, optical, mechanical, crystalline, etc.);
- Device manufacturing based on thin film growth on flexible substrate for innovative applications and tests;
- Modelling of thin film properties (lattice stress/strain, charge transport, radiation interaction, etc.).
We invite researchers to submit original and innovative papers which describe the synthesis and characterization of single-structured, multistructured, and nanostructured thin films on flexible substrates. Authors are encouraged to describe the growth methods and characterization processes, indicating possible applications of the specific research.
Dr. Erica Ciotta
Dr. Marco Miliucci
Dr. Paolo Prosposito