Development of Quasicrystalline thin films.
Studies of their electrical , optical, and mechanical properties.
Applications of Quasicrystal thin films for coatings.
Develped process for forming thin films of quasicrystals, film thickness from 5 nm to microns.
Quasicrystal Coatings on a variety of substrates such as:
Mechanical Properties of i-AlCuFe.
Low surface Energy (20 mJ/m2 on stainless steel substrate)
Figure show contact angle tests with water drop:
Strong adhesion to a variety of substrates
Electrical resistivity of i-AlCuFe:
~4,000 micro-ohm cm at room temperature
Low corrosion surface
Potential Market Applications
High wear parts
Low Friction coating for MEMS parts
US Patent no. 6,294,030 B1, 2002
US Patent no. 6,574,968 B1, 2003