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  1. 1. Surfuzion™ Nano Surface Technology Adrian Ryder, Bob Stevens Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) November 2012© Copyright Surfuzion 2012. All Rights Reserved.
  2. 2. How the technique works Surfuzion Nano Surface Technology Create a nanometre-thin, conformal coating comprised of nano-particles.© Copyright Surfuzion 2012. All Rights Reserved.
  3. 3. What coating/substrate Surfuzion Nano Surface Technology combinations work? • Most surfaces (metal, semi-conductor, non-conductor), but coating parameters need to be optimised for each system. • The particles are carried in a suspension/dispersion – i.e. the material needs to be compatible with the solvent. Some relevant coating materials are: • Polymers • Precious Metals • Ceramics • Bio-Materials & Micro-Organisms • Pharmaceuticals • Note: Can also create coatings from a combination of materials • Can create coatings that are: • All-over or selective (some areas coated and other uncoated or coated with a different material) • Multi-layer • Mixed mode (amorphous and crystalline portions)© Copyright Surfuzion 2012. All Rights Reserved.
  4. 4. Key Features Surfuzion Nano Surface Technology • Non vacuum technique & @ ambient temperature: limiting degradation of substrate and particles deposited (enabling “live species to be deposited”). Also creates significant cost savings. • Ultra-precision coatings (nanometre thickness) • Highly conformal coating process – implying it retains high precision for coatings on variable geometries (aspect ratios) • Particles can be deposited closely packed or spread out to create porous coatings, alternatively coating can be “peeled” of substrate to create thin films. • Multi-functional coatings, where the functionality is enabled by external stimuli and coatings having a combination of properties (e.g. hard & conductive, transparent & low-friction, etc. – get creative!).© Copyright Surfuzion 2012. All Rights Reserved.
  5. 5. Addressing the shortfalls of Surfuzion alternative coating techniques Nano Surface Technology Vacuum Deposition Spray Painting/Coating Electro-Plating (Conventional) Basic representation of vacuum deposition A Spray Painting/Coating Example A Typical Electroplating Line High precision, but vacuum Very basic precision level; limited Basic precision level. Chemical chamber and heat – expensive coating possibilities and high health & safety/environmental (capital intensive and high batch material wastage. Energy & hazards ; energy-intensive processing costs). Energy & environmental impact together processes (aggressive environment). environmental impact . with health & safety issues. Capital intensive. Unsuitable for Unsuitable for delicate deposited delicate deposited materials and/or materials and/or substrates. substrates.© Copyright Surfuzion 2012. All Rights Reserved.
  6. 6. Addressing the shortfalls of Surfuzion Nano Surface Technology alternative coating techniques Coatings Competition Matrix: NanoSpray Vacuum Deposition Plating/Painting Attribute: Precision Ultra Ultra Basic Hazardous Low Medium-High High Temperature Ambient Medium-High Medium-High Energy Low Medium-High High Capital-Costs Low-Medium Very-High Medium-High Running Costs Low High Medium-High Material Waste Very Low Low High Characterisation TBD Medium-High Very-High Novelty & High Medium Low-Medium Multi-Function© Copyright Surfuzion 2012. All Rights Reserved.
  7. 7. Market & Application Examples Surfuzion Nano Surface Technology Biotech: • Anti-Microbial • Micro-Organisms & Biofilms Electronics, Sensors & Photonics: “Living Coatings” • Ultra-Precision Conformal Coatings • Sensory Coatings Advanced Materials Coatings: • Precious Metals/Materials Coatings & Thin-Films • Micro-Organisms & Species • “Smart” NanoComposite / Multi-Functional Coatings “Sensitive materials” • Nano-Porous Coatings & Thin-Films • Selective Coatings (Coated/Uncoated Areas, Features & Patterns)© Copyright Surfuzion 2012. All Rights Reserved.
  8. 8. What we’re looking for Surfuzion Nano Surface Technology We’re interested in finding new commercial applications which require our expertise in creating complex, specialised coatings: • Coating R&D • New Product Development - products developed by using new and novel surface coatings and/or thin-films • Design & development of specialised process equipment • We’re especially interested in the biotech and electronics sectors Get creative! • In what settings could you add a lot of value with ultra-precision, conformal nano-coatings (especially of high value and/or precious materials and substances). • What interesting combinations of surface properties and materials should try to create to fulfil the needs of specific surface-coating or thin-film processes? Remember – just use your marbles © Copyright Surfuzion 2012. All Rights Reserved.
  9. 9. Surfuzion Nano Surface Technology Thanks everyone!© Copyright Surfuzion 2012. All Rights Reserved.

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