The Surface Engineering and Materials
Chemistry Section at Southwest Research Institute focuses on solving client
materials problems through bulk and surface modification, process enhancement,
and new material development, coupled with specialized testing and
characterization. The combined laboratories comprise more than 5,000 square feet
of facilities dedicated to vacuum, atmospheric, and wet chemistry-based surface
modification and coating of advanced materials.
SwRI has a full
compliment of PVD and CVD technologies including 10 vacuum coating chambers
with some that are 3 cubic meters in size. SwRI is able to satisfy client
coating needs and controlled engineering of surface properties.
The largest ion beam
facility in the U.S. provides ion beam assisted coatings and ion
implantation research and services.
are available for evaluations that utilize state-of-the-art materials
characterization such as atomic force microscopy (AFM) and fiber optic
probes, coupled with Raman and IR spectrometers.
The section employs 14
technical staff members with a variety of expertise in polymeric, ceramic,
and metallic materials. Section employees are involved in developing and
characterizing advanced materials, as well as incorporating these materials
into industrially viable applications and environments.
SwRI offers services to the
aerospace, chemical, defense, biomedical, and petroleum commercial industries,
as well as government clients. Industrial clients range from start-up companies
and small manufacturers to blue chip corporations in the U.S. and abroad. SwRI
initiates contracts with clients based on initial consultations. A research
proposal outlines the scope of work and establishes a cost estimate. Programs
remain confidential, subject to client wishes.