Research Area: Plasma Coating and Sputtering
We encounter functional coatings which improve material's properties almost everywhere in ouer everyday life. They vary from permeation barrier coatings to scratch and wear resistant layers for machining purposes. Coating functionalities obtain properties such as special reflectivity and wettability. Many of these thin films on nanometer scale are produced by different plasma deposition techniques such as plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) or physical vapor deposition (PVD). Our research activities in this broad field focus on the following topics:
- Quartz-like SiOx barrier coatings on PET foils and inside bottles. Gas permeation is reduced to improve the shelf life of beverages.
- Hard and wear resistant layers on mechanical tools improve their durability and therefore lower the costs and down time of machines.
- Ferromagnetic films, which form the basis for magnetic random access memory (MRAM), which are developed for up-to-date microelectronics.
- Plasma Treatment and Silicon Oxide Permeation Barrier Coating of PET Bottles and Foils - Felix Mitschker
- Plasma coating and sputtering - Stefan Bienholz, Stefan Ries
- Investigation of filamentary plasma and exploring it for various applications - Nikita Bibinov, Ramasamy Pothiraja
- Amorphous carbon films for reducing incrustation in urological Catheters - Nikita Bibinov, Björn Offerhaus, Ramasamy Pothiraja