Research Objectives

Surface Modification (L207)

Layers like paint, chrome, nickel or gold plating created using light or plasma processing are more environmentally friendly than traditional thermal methods of melting, baking, stamping, and forging. These coatings being developed by W&M can provide decorative function, optical function, wear or friction resistance such as a thin film coating of titanium nitride over the materials used for human hip implant or cutting tools. Ion implantation , a "dip like" method can replace anodizing and is useful for making aircraft and automotive parts, forming semiconductor chips in computers, sensors, and memory.