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Advances in Coatings and Surface Modification Technology

A coating plays an important role in determining a product’s commercial viability. A coating, or thin film, may help determine whether a product is successful in the marketplace. Coatings and thin films, often produced by depositing a liquid film on a solid substrate, are of significant industrial importance, and they are used in a large number of products.

Coating products are the first line defense in the control of wear and rust. The producers of industrial coatings are faced with a key challenge: develop new coatings and processes that are economically competitive. Such processes must use as little material as possible, and yet result in defect-free coatings. Moreover, they must achieve this goal without creating an adverse impact on the environment.

Another issue: some manufacturers would like to find ways to economically extend the fatigue lives of gears and bearings. Coatings offer the opportunity to engineer surfaces to extend the fatigue lives of mechanical components.

With these concerns in mind, SBI has published a new technical report: Advances in Coatings and Surface Modification Technology. This new report analyzes several scientific and technological advances that have been achieved and which are leading toward new applications for industrial coatings and thin films. With this report, you’ll get an advanced look at key developments in the field of surface modification.

What You’ll Get in this Report
Advances in Coatings and Surface Modification Technology provides unique insights into new developments in advanced coating and thin film research undertaken at universities, companies and government research labs worldwide. This information will help you gain ground against competitors when it comes to optimizing the science of surface modification and applying it to develop new products or reformulate old ones. This report reviews significant technical developments in the field, discussing potential applications for each area of research and its status of development. You'll also learn how to take advantage of many of these technologies, either through licensing or other collaborations.

The report looks at advances in the following sectors:

  • Industrial
  • Electronic
  • Detection
  • Solar Power
  • Medical


Chapter 1 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

Chapter 2 Industrial Advances

  • 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
  • Table 2-1 Thermal Barrier Coatings
  • 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
  • Table 2-2 Applications to Benefit from Thin Film Technology
  • Superconductor power cables
  • Surface point distribution
  • Nanoscale forces
  • Ultra-black coatings
  • Water-repellent coating
  • Virus trap
  • Releasable coatings

Chapter 3 Electronic Advances

  • 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

Chapter 4 Detection Advances

  • 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

Chapter 5 Solar Power Advances

  • Antireflection coating
  • Hydrogen from solar panels
  • Plastic solar cells
  • Thin film photovoltaics

Chapter 6 Medical Advances

  • Bacterial adhesion
  • Antifouling implants
  • Asthma drugs
  • Table 5-1 Facts About Asthma
  • 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

Appendix Patents and Selected Readings
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