PVD and Nanotechnology

New coating systems to develop new application areas

 

X-ray and EUV optics

Sophisticated nanolayer systems are of increasing interest for high-end applications in the fields of optics or joining techniques. In IWS nanometer multilayers have been developed for EUV and X-ray mirrors and for reactive multilayer systems that can be used as heat source for the joining of thermally sensitive materials.

 

Energy storage coatings

Reactive multilayer systems (RMS) can deliver heat energy precisely and reproducibly to the contact zone. RMSs consist of nanometer multilayers with hundreds or thousands of individual films in their initial state. These films can exo thermally react with each other if activation energy is introduced.

 

Carbon coatings

The IWS developed amorphous carbon coatings ( Diamor) are extremely wear resistant and have friction reducing properties. Thus they are very suitable as protective coatings for tools and components in lubricated and non-lubricated applications.
 

Coating properties

Friction, wear resistance, hardness, intrinsic stresses and thickness are examples for relevant properties for coating application, which are measured with standardized and self-developed methods.

 

PVD coatings

The development of PVD coating processes of main interest. We focus our work on application-specific coatings and coating systems especially for wear protection. Furthermore, tribological, electrical, optical and decorative applications are at the core of interest.