Development of novel plasma surface engineering technologies for multi-functional surfaces

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Abstract

Multi-functional surfaces underpin the technological innovations in many high-tech industrial sectors to meet ever-increasing requirement for demanding applications. To this end, some new plasma surface engineering technologies have been developed at Birmingham Surface Engineering Research Group to generate novel multi-functional surfaces for a variety of challenging applications. This paper will start with the limitation of currently used DC glow-discharge plasma, followed by the recent development of advanced active-screen plasma and innovative triple-glow plasma surface engineering technologies. The potential of these new plasma technologies will be demonstrated by way of example including long-lasting anti-bacterial surfaces for medical and food processing devices based on co-alloying of nitrogen and silver and/or copper; highly corrosion resistant and low interfacial contact resistance surfaces for fuel cell bipolar plates based on hybrid co-alloying and deposition of N, Ag, Nb and Pt; and nitrogen plasma activation induced homogeneous growth of Pt-nanowire arrays as high performance electrocatalyst for fuel cells.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Conference on Heat Treatment 2015 and 22nd IFHTSE Congress - Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering from Tradition to Innovation
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
EventEuropean Conference on Heat Treatment 2015 and 22nd Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering from Tradition to Innovation Congress, IFHTSE 2015 - Venice, Italy
Duration: 20 May 201522 May 2015

Publication series

NameEuropean Conference on Heat Treatment 2015 and 22nd IFHTSE Congress - Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering from Tradition to Innovation

Conference

ConferenceEuropean Conference on Heat Treatment 2015 and 22nd Heat Treatment and Surface Engineering from Tradition to Innovation Congress, IFHTSE 2015
CountryItaly
CityVenice
Period20/05/1522/05/15

Keywords

  • Active-screen plasma, Antibacterial, Bipolar plates, DC plasma, Gas diffusion layer, Multi-functional surfaces, PEFC, Plasma surface engineering