Plasma assisted processes at atmospheric pressure enable large-area surface cleaning, activation and etching tasks. In addition they allow for the deposition of high quality functional coatings without applying high-cost vacuum systems. This technology is used for continuous coating processes on temperature sensitive materials and on slightly bended substrates of various thicknesses.
Fraunhofer IWS scientists develop reactor prototypes for surface treatments such as fine cleaning, functionalization or etching and for the fabrication of oxide and non-oxide layers, nano particles and nano tubes (carbon nano tubes CNT).The optimization of the reactor design is based on experimental results and thermofluid dynamic simulations. Modular reactor designs ensure cost-efficient process adaptions for novel applications and layer materials.