David Kirkpatrick

June 4, 2010

Improving thin-film coatings

This research affects solar cells and a host of other applications.

From the link:

Understanding how thin-film coatings react to temperature changes could lead to more effective and durable sensors, solar-energy converters, safer medical implants and a host of other applications, says Jodie Lutkenhaus, assistant professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, who has found that heating some of these films can increase their stability.

The findings, which appear in an upcoming issue of Soft Matter, a scientific journal published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, represent a significant step forward in the study of multilayer polymer thin-film coatings — material gaining increased interest for its potential versatility in a number of applications ranging from biomedical to industrial.


1 Comment »

  1. Exciting news! This information validates Colnatec’s internal research into the effect of temperature on quartz crystal sensors used in thin film measurement and control (please see http://colnatec.com/uploads/Temperature_Measurement.doc). Our chief technologist, Scott Grimshaw, has known this for years. It’s the reason we build heated sensor holders and why we won an SBIR grant from the DOE develop a high-heat, thin film manufacturing process control sensor for solar cell manufacturing. The effects of temperature on thin film are very important to understand, for a variety of reasons, and I’m pleased to see more research being pursued in that direction.

    Comment by Colnatec CEO — June 5, 2010 @ 11:29 am

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