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Advances in Coatings and Surface Modification Technology

Advances in Coatings and Surface Modification Technology

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The Importance of Coatings

We may not consider the coatings business as a major industry or research endeavor. We may consider a coating to be only a secondary product-one that is used as an afterthought to protect a substrate from mechanical wear and tear or to increase an item's lubricity. But in reality, a coating plays an important role in a product's commercial viability, often helping to determine its success in the marketplace. Coatings, created, for instance, by depositing a liquid film on a solid substrate, are of significant industrial importance, and they are used in a large number of products.

Practically every manufactured component requires a coating, for either decorative or protective purposes.

An automotive coating is a major component of manufacturing cost, adding about $600 per vehicle. Clear-coat systems produce a beautiful appearance that certainly helps to sell the car, while at the same time providing effective rust protection. On the electronics front, the microelectronic fabrication of components requires the application of thin layers of liquid gold, because of its superior electrical conductivity. In the drug arena, long-lasting or time-release pharmaceutical pills are covered with a special coating that is resistant to the action of stomach acid.

Surface, interface structure and composition are the primary factors controlling the chemical, electronic and mechanical properties of materials. These factors play a key role in catalysis, corrosion, tribology, electrodeposition and surface epitaxial growth, and therefore in the development and successful applications of industrial coatings.

  • Introduction
  • The Importance of Coatings
  • First Line of Defense
  • Economics and the Environment
  • Integral Part of a Design
  • Challenges
  • Compatibility
  • Close Control of Deposition
  • Process Modeling
  • Maintaining Pace of Research
  • Abundance of New Technologies
  • Industrial
  • Electronic
  • Medical
  • Methodology
  • Industrial
  • Thin Film Analysis and Deposition
  • Technology Incubation
  • Molecular Alignment
  • Focusing on Deposition
  • Composite Reinforcements
  • Thin-Film Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
  • Controlled Welding
  • Mechanical Properties of Ultrananocrystalline Diamond
  • Fuel Cell Thin-Film Catalyst Layer
  • Engine Operation in High-Temperature Environments
  • Hotplates for Research
  • Thin Film Fundamentals
  • Intelligent Glass
  • CVD Diamond Coating
  • Ion Beam Imprinter
  • Interior PVD
  • Non-Toxic Paint
  • Engineer Mechanical Properties
  • Research Consortia
  • Near-Frictionless Carbon Coatings
  • Absorbing Pigment
  • Pulsed-Laser Deposition
  • Pollutant Cleanup Technique
  • Self-Assembling Nanocomposites
  • Surface Science
  • Diamond Layer
  • Thin Film Strength
  • Superconductor Power Cables
  • Surface Point Distribution
  • Nanoscale Forces
  • Ultra-Black Coatings
  • Water-Repellent Coating
  • Virus Trap
  • Releasable Coatings
  • Electronic
  • Carbon Nanoparticles
  • Increasing Charge Mobility
  • Chip-Level Copper Circuitry
  • Surface Polymerization
  • Flexible TFTs
  • Hard Disk Drives
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Combinatorial Synthesis
  • Organic Diode
  • Microlubricants
  • Molecular Films
  • Robust Flexible Films
  • Self-Assembling Molecules
  • Composite Nanocables
  • Nanolaminates
  • Nanopatterned Medium
  • Nanoscale Circuits
  • Nanoscale Transistor
  • Next-Generation Displays
  • Substrate Films
  • Ultrathin Polymers
  • Electro-Optical Modulator
  • Electric Polarization
  • Polymer-Assisted Deposition
  • Thin Film Transistors
  • Transparent Electronics
  • Quantum Dots
  • Ordered Nanocarbons
  • Detection
  • Chip-Size Detector
  • Coating Mesh
  • Tiny Bubbles
  • Optical Fiber Probe
  • Near-Infrared Optical Sensors
  • Hydrosilylation Chemistry
  • Silicon-Based Photodetector
  • Hydrogen Sensors
  • Conducting Polymer Films
  • Proteins for Detection
  • Solar Power
  • Antireflection Coating
  • Hydrogen from Solar Panels
  • Plastic Solar Cells
  • Thin-Film Photovoltaics
  • Virtual Black Hole
  • Medical
  • Bacterial Adhesion
  • Antifouling Implants
  • Asthma Drugs
  • Bioinert Coatings
  • Biological Sensors
  • Molecular Self-Assembly
  • Carbon Coatings
  • DNA on a Leash
  • Drug-Eluting Stents
  • Heart Valves
  • Microencapsulation
  • Nanoscale Probes
  • Nanoparticle Quantum Dots
  • Nerve Regeneration
  • Live-Animal Imaging
  • Self-Healing Bandage
  • Implanted Sensors
  • Powder Coating
  • Drug-Resistant Infections
  • Steroid-Coated DNA
  • Patents
  • For Further Reading
  • List Of Exhibits
    • Exhibit 1: Thermal Barrier Coatings
    • Exhibit 2: Applications to Benefit from Thin-Film Technology
    • Exhibit 3: Facts About Asthma
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