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Thin Films

Alicia Esther Ares

National University of Misiones

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Inorganic and Organic Coatings Characterization Applications Deposition Techniques Parameters Equipment Surface Analysis Methods Nanoparticles Technology

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Two-dimensional structures, thin films, have become the paradigm of today's technology and are one of the most important topics for cutting-edge research groups. Thin films are solid structures, so thin that many physical effects on their thickness can be neglected. Most thin films will interact with waves, so their thickness must be in the order of the wavelength of the disturbance with which they interact. They have been used in different areas, as part of advanced materials, different compositions, polymers, organic and inorganic molecules, membranes, etc. A film is formed when it grows from atoms or molecules that affect the surface of a substrate.

Materials in the form of thin films have been widely used in conductivity or isolation of electronic circuits, in electronic devices, photovoltaics, optical coatings of various areas, in micro and recently in nano-electronics. These films have a thickness ranging from 1-100 nm in nanometric scale.Thin films can be manufactured by different deposit methods depending on the material to be deposited. There are some very specific ones such as magnetic layers, dielectric and ferromagnetic oxides, for semiconductor circuits, polymers, metals, metallic oxides, organic materials, carbon nanotubes, organometallic complexes, among others. Deposit methods are usually divided into physical and chemical. The thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity of thin-film materials is generally smaller than that of their bulk counterparts, sometimes dramatically.

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Date completed: June 3rd 2020

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Deadline for full chapters: August 23rd 2020

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Review results due: November 11th 2020

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Expected publication date: January 10th 2021

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Alicia Esther Ares

National University of Misiones

Alicia Esther Ares is a professor of Materials Science at the Chemical Engineering Department, School of Sciences (FCEQyN), National University of Misiones (UNaM), Posadas, Misiones, Argentina, since December 2013. She is also an independent researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Argentina, since January 2015. Previously, she has been a research associate at CONICET (2008–2014) and an associate professor at UNaM (2007–2013). She has also been an assistant professor at UNaM (1989–2007). She graduated at the University of Misiones in 1992 and completed a PhD degree in Materials Science at the Institute of Technology 'Jorge Sabato,” UNSAM–CNEA, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Later, she made a postdoctoral stays at the following institutions: Faculdade de Engenharía Mecânica, Departamento de Engenharía de Materiais, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil (2001 and 2005–2006); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States (2002–2003); and Faculty of Sciences, National University of Misiones, Posadas, Misiones, Argentina (2003–2004). She has a 30-year teaching experience both at the undergraduate and at the graduate level. Her research interests lie in the following areas: Solidification thermal parameters, mechanical properties, and corrosion resistance of different alloys and composite materials; Solidification structures and properties of alloys for hard tissue replacement; Metallic materials selection for the management of biofuels; Synthesis and characterization of nanostructured coatings, membranes, and templates of aluminum and zinc oxides; Fabrication and characterization of nanostructured titanium and iron oxide coatings for water treatment systems based on advanced oxidative and reductive processes; and Natural products as corrosion inhibitors of metallic materials. Her articles are published in well-established international and Argentinean journals.

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