Design and development of equipment for the generation of nano-coatings and their characterization.

The main objective of this project is to continue with the expansion of the market for the company’s high-performance nanodeposition equipment

For this purpose, it is intended to establish a line of action based on increasing the range and performance of the available products.

The main objective has been the manufacture of equipment for the generation of nano-coatings using physical vapor deposition (PVD) techniques, specifically, sputtering equipment. Sputtering is a technique that allows depositing conductive or semiconductor materials (DC or Pulsed DC) as well as ceramic materials (RF sputtering). Currently, there is no company in Spain dedicated to the manufacture of equipment of this type, being, however, one of the booming deposition processes in laboratories of all kinds, from laboratories dedicated to sensors, research in photovoltaic energy or, in general, in the manufacture of semiconductors.

In addition, sputtering coatings can be used to improve the properties of parts, tools, etc., so they are not only of interest for laboratories, but there are companies from different sectors that may require this type of equipment, such as those dedicated to the manufacture of optical components, generation of sensors, in the automotive industry or in the manufacture of electronic components. 

Despite being a technique used since the 1980s, new results are still being obtained thanks to sputtering equipment.

 

The specific objectives of the project include:

• Design and development of equipment for the generation of nanocoatings by DC, Pulse DC and RF sputtering. Taking into account that the success of the company has been fostered by the ability to adapt to the needs of its customers, it is considered appropriate to design some of the main components that make up this equipment in order to have the complete know-how of the system. Furthermore, some of them could be sold as a standalone product, such as the power stage, the on-line thickness measurement device, etc. • Generation of a new product that distinguishes Nadetech Innovations from its competitors and opens a new path of development oriented to the characterization of the coatings obtained by means of their equipment. • Creation of accessories that facilitate the use of this type of equipment in industrial environments or for specific applications.

 

• Carry out, in collaboration with the UPNA, a complete study of the properties of materials on the rise, optimizing the deposition parameters. In this study, those materials that are emerging as alternatives to other already consolidated materials, such as graphene, will be prioritized. Finally, it is worth highlighting the wide variety of options that open once the equipment corresponding to the first line of action has been manufactured. Once the vacuum chamber has been manufactured, it would be possible to continue with the development of other similar equipment, such as thermal evaporators (normal or high precision), electron beam evaporation or atomic layer deposition equipment.