Servizio Comunitario di Informazione in materia di Ricerca e Sviluppo - CORDIS

Wear resistant, biocompatible and vapour barrier diamond like carbon (DLC) coatings

Techniques have been developed to deposit diamond like carbon (DLC) coatings on a range of substrates including glass, metals and polymers. The coatings have outstanding industrial potential due to their wear resistance, low friction, biocompatibility and hermeticity properties. Potential applications include wear resistant coatings for engineering components and orthopaedic implants, vapour barrier coatings on plastics and protective coatings on lenses and glass components. A portable probe has also been developed based on a combination of a Langmuir probe and emission spectroscopy to quantitatively determine the concentration of atomic hydrogen in an rf discharge. Quantitative atomic hydrogen measurements have been made during DLC film deposition and these have been related to film quality.

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Enterprise Ireland
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