Fabrication of functional nanostructured coatings by a combined sol–gel and plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition method
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Nanostructures have a wide range of potential applications in industry because they can impart novel mechanical or functional properties to coatings such as abrasion resistance, UV shielding, superhydrophobicity. In this work we present a method for the fabrication of nanostructured coatings with improved mechanical properties, in which sol–gel nanoparticles are deposited on a surface and embedded in a ceramic film by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition. This synthetic strategy is applied to the fabrication of transparent nanostructured antiscratch coatings.
KeywordsSol–gel Plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition Antiscratch coatings Nanocomposites Nanostructures
Rusty T. is gratefully acknowledged for enlightening discussion. C. Pattana is acknowledged for satisfactory friction coefficient measurements and analysis.
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