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Thin Film Deposition Services

Thin film coatings protect a variety of surfaces and components from wear and corrosion. Southwest Research Institute is a leader in thin film deposition services through applied research and development in the fields of materials science and surface engineering. Our coating and thin film services include the development of novel coatings or the application of existing coatings using various vacuum and atmospheric deposition methods. For example, SwRI’s Plasma Ion Immersion Process (PIIP), shown above, can deposit coatings that resist corrosion, erosion, and wear on automotive parts and other components.

Deposition of Coatings & Thin Films

Surface engineers and material scientists at SwRI specialize in helping clients solve problems related to coatings, thin films, and deposition. Contact Josh Mangum or call +1 210 522 3928 for project specifications. Read Technology Today to learn about the research behind the following services:

  • Atmospheric Deposition – Spray, screen, spin, and dip coatings
  • Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) – Vacuum deposition and plasmas
  • Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) – Magnetron and sputtering

Coatings & Thin-Films Offered

SwRI can help you identify, test, evaluate and develop coatings, thin films, or thin film deposition technology based on the part materials, environmental conditions, and other specifications. Our solutions include:

  • Diamond Like Carbon Coating & Thin Films (DLC Coating)
    • D-Armor Coating Series 1100 and 2100
  • Titanium Nanocomposite Coatings
    • Titan-X Coating Series 3100, 4100, 5100
  • Hydrophobic/Anti-sticking Coatings & Thin Films
    • LotusFloTM (superhydrophobic coatings)
    • Silica nanoparticle spray coating
  • Oleophobic/Oleophilic Coatings
    • Silica nanoparticle spray coating
  • Wear/Erosion/Corrosion Resistant Coatings
    • Diamond Like Carbon (DLC)
    • Titanium Silicon Carbon Nitride Nanocomposite (TiSiCN)
    • Titanium Nitride (TiN)
    • Chromium Nitride (CrN)
    • Aluminum Chromium Nitride (AlCrN / CrAlN)
    • Tantalum (Ta)
    • Hastelloy C-276
  • Thermal Barrier Coating
    • Yttrium Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ)
    • Optical Coatings & Thin films
    • Dichroic thin films
    • Anti-reflective coatings
    • Moth-eye coatings
    • Oxide films
  • Web Coatings
    • Flexible thin films
    • Roll to roll coatings
  • Medical/Biocompatible Coating
    • Diamond Like Carbon (DLC)
    • Zirconium Nitride (ZrN)
    • Titanium Nitride (TiN)

Coatings & Thin Films Applications

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Cutting and forming tools
  • Defense
  • Electronic components
  • Firearms
  • Food processing
  • Lens arrays
  • Medical
  • Oil & Gas
  • Security & Anti-Counterfeit products
  • Solar Cells / Photovoltaics

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