Empa covers a large fraction of these aspects in its Research Focus Area Thin Films and Coatings. In particular, the following topics at Empa are addressed:
Hard coatings, piezoelectric and magnetic thin films
Diamond-like carbon, hardness-enhanced nanocomposites, Magnetron sputtering, PACVD, arc evapora-tion, thermal evaporation, plasma-assisted processes, structural analysis, surface and interface analysis,
piezoelectric devices, wear resistant tool coatings, tribological and medical coatings.
Self-assembly of organic materials in thin films and self-assembled monolayers
Organic polymers, ionic and non-ionic dyes, chiral organic molecules. Polymer phase separation, dewetting processes, vacuum and solution deposition. Organic photovoltaic and photonic devices, organic light-emitting devices, enantiomer-selective processes.
Nanoporous functional plasma polymers
Plasma polymers with N and O functionalities, plasma polymerization, metallic nanoparticles, webcoating, functional fibers, and textiles.
Surface properties of engineered materials
High-vacuum CVD, plasma spraying, EBSD, metallographic laboratory, wetting properties, photonic de-vices.
Electrodeposited nanostructured metals and semiconductors
Electrodeposition, Electroplating, galvanic processes, anodization processes, UV-lithography. NiCo, NiP alloys, ternary compounds of Fe-Ni-Cr, metallic (Co, Ni, Co, Pt, Au, etc.) nanowires and nanotubes. Mechanical, optical, electrical properties, optoelectronics, SERS, gas sensing.