Why Use a Custom Metal Coating?

Various chemical and physical interactions which happen at the boundary between two phases are encompassed by surface science. When a substrate is deployed, it has been engineered with some consideration for the unique dynamics which happen at its uppermost surface layers in end-use conditions.

Platypus Technologies supply custom metal coatings for utilization in sub-microscopic investigations and precision surface engineering.

Why Use a Custom Metal Coating?

A substrate that has been utilized for scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is used for the following example. The upper atomic layers of the surface represent a solid-vacuum phase boundary which is usually characterized by outgassing. Vacuum integrity is negatively affected by this.

Most SEMs also now supply magnifications of up to 300,000x for spatial resolutions, which are as big as 0.5 nanometres (nm). This allows the characterization of complex surface textures with sub-microscale resolution in three dimensions.

The realms of traditional microscopy have been surpassed by engineers in order to find numerous physical and chemical phenomena which happen on the nanoscale. Custom metal coatings are key to multiple areas of study, which involve more minute small-scale phenomena.

Custom Metal Coatings From Platypus Technologies

For custom metal coatings, Platypus Tech has developed a high quality workflow based on a variety of top-class processes. This is based on their experience in electron beam evaporation in a dedicated class 10,000 cleanroom environment.

Platypus Tech is able to yield highly uniform metal films on a chosen substrate as they only source the highest quality starter metals and are committed to absolute quality. This is confirmed using finely controlled metal evaporation rates of between 0.1 – 5 Angstroms per second.

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The metals which are routinely leveraged by Platypus Tech include silver, gold, nickel, platinum and titanium. Their composite substrates involve a functional surface material that is deposited on top of an intermediary titanium layer to act as an adhesive for added topographical uniformity. They are also working with thin copper films more and more.

Platypus Technologies provide coverslips, glass slides and silicon wafers for an ever-growing variety of applications. Their expanding customer base is reliant on unmatched coating processes and an innovative approach to every fabrication.

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Platypus Technologies, LLC.

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