Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 44, Issue 14, pp 3758–3763 | Cite as

Electrophoretic deposition of silver from organic PDADMAC-stabilized suspensions

  • Max Kinzl
  • Klaus ReichmannEmail author
  • Lukas Andrejs


This study on the electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of silver particles illustrates the influence of the electric field strength on the surface morphology of the deposit. Experiments were performed in ethanol- and methylethylketone (MEK)-suspensions under a direct electric field ranging from 50 to 360 V/cm. The charging agent PDADMAC (poly-(diallyldimethyl)-ammonium-chloride) proved to have a good electrostatic stabilizing effect in both systems and led to a positive zeta-potential in EtOH and to negatively charged particles in MEK. The yield of the deposits showed a linear relation with electric field strength which agrees with Hamakers law for the kinetic of EPD. Layers deposited at low electric field strengths exhibited a smooth and plane surface. Values higher than 180 V/cm resulted in the formation of parallel grooves. The morphology changed again at fields exceeding 360 V/cm and exhibited irregularly distributed hillocks.


EtOH Electric Field Strength Silver Particle Electrophoretic Deposition Silver Powder 



This work was supported by EPCOS OHG, Deutschlandsberg, Austria.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Chemistry and Technology of MaterialsGraz University of TechnologyGrazAustria
  2. 2.Institute of Materials ChemistryVienna University of TechnologyWienAustria

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