Plating — New Prospects for an Old Art

  • Uziel Landau


In 1850, merely fifty years after Volta described his electrochemical pile thus providing the first power source, electroplating was already an established practice in Europe. Today, electroplating is among the most widely spread chemical based technologies, applied in a wide range of scales in thousands of facilities. Surprisingly, many aspects of the field have not significantly changed over the years, and many current plating processes and facilities still closely resemble their older origins. The main reasons for this relatively slow technological evolution have been the secrecy traditionally associated with plating, which led to proprietary formulations and information exchange mainly through patent disclosures, and the fact that relatively unsophisticated and easy to adjust plating processes provided surface finishes which were quite adequate for early, non demanding, applications. Consequently, much of the progress in the field has been through “state of the art” concepts, rather than based on systematic scientific investigations and application of engineering principles.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Uziel Landau
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  1. 1.Chemical Engineering Department, Case Institute of TechnologyCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

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