Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology

, Volume 60, Issue 3, pp 340–346 | Cite as

Fabrication of functional nanostructured coatings by a combined sol–gel and plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition method

  • Stefano CostacurtaEmail author
  • Paolo Falcaro
  • Simone Vezzù
  • Marino Colasuonno
  • Paolo Scopece
  • Erika Zanchetta
  • Massimo Guglielmi
  • Alessandro Patelli
Original Paper


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.


Sol–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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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefano Costacurta
    • 1
    Email author
  • Paolo Falcaro
    • 1
    • 2
  • Simone Vezzù
    • 1
  • Marino Colasuonno
    • 1
  • Paolo Scopece
    • 1
  • Erika Zanchetta
    • 1
    • 3
  • Massimo Guglielmi
    • 3
  • Alessandro Patelli
    • 1
  1. 1.Associazione CIVENVeneziaItaly
  2. 2.CSIRO, Division of Materials Science and EngineeringClayton South MDCAustralia
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Ingegneria MeccanicaUniversità di PadovaPadovaItaly

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