Surface Coatings for Advanced Materials
Surface coatings are an important approach to changing surface properties for the requirements of a given application. Major areas of application include sensors, energy saving coatings for solar devices, absorbers/reflectors/emitters, cutting and forming tools, protective environment-resistant or decorative coatings, and information storage and micro-electronic devices. Surface coatings modified by ion or laser treatment will also be of great importance to the future of industrial technology.
In the present compilation, a number of important applications have been selected and described in detail with regard to material selection, deposition technique, characterization and evaluation. The utmost care has been taken to ensure that the most recent developments have been taken into account.