SVC Connections January 2010
Inaugural Issue

In This Issue
SVC 2010 TechCon in Orlando
Boeing Dreamliner
Diamond-Like Coatings
Demand for Rare Earths
Reducing the Carbon Footprint
Tomorrow's Engineering Leaders
DOE Announces New Funding
SVC Elects Directors/Officers
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Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Society of Vacuum Coaters' Monthly e-publication SVConnections.  Filled with recent news and announcements about advances in our industry, this publication helps fulfill our mission to inform and educate our members, the technical community and the public on all aspects of vacuum coating, surface engineering and related technologies.
Boeing Dreamliner Takes First Flight
Boeing 787 Deamliner ImageOn December 15, 2009 the first flight of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner was made from Paine Field in Everett, WA. This airliner is 20% more fuel efficient than existing planes thanks to new materials technologies, including a design using about 50% carbon composite materials, and a self-monitoring computer system, reporting on airplane integrity to ground-based computer stations. The Dreamliner's new, 8% more fuel efficient engines were developed by General Electric and Rolls Royce and features a higher cargo load and increased passenger space and with larger windows, including one option using electrochromic switchable windows. So far 840 planes have been ordered by 55 customers amounting to orders worth 140 B$US...  (click the image for full article)   Photo: Boeing
Diamond-Like Carbon Coatings: The Rehabilitation of a WWII Era Belgium Browning High Power
Belgium Browning High PowerBy Ellis M. George
At the turn of the Millennium, I acquired a WWII era Belgium Browning High Power made during the Nazi occupation, and given to me by my good friend, Melvin Hope, just prior to his passing from cancer.
The before photo showed holster wear and some pitting... general stuff associated with a 60-year-old pistol. But Melvin's gift was a significant one, so choosing a method of refinishing the gun was an undertaking of great import...
...Considering the many finishes offered, I needed something durable and I started "Googling" on firearms coatings and found the usual, Electro-less Nickel, Hard Chrome, various Teflon and Moly coatings, bluing etc. I also found some of the more hi-tech coatings, Titanium Nitride, Tungsten Carbide, Titanium Aluminum Nitride, and Boron Carbide, to name a few. The carbides fall under the umbrella of "Diamond Like Coating" (DLC)...   (click the image for full article)      Photo:

Going Forward:The Delicate Supply Balance and the Growing Demand for Rare Earths

By Ian London, Vice President of Market Development, Avalon Rare Metals, Inc.


It really doesn't matter what business, technical or news journal you peruse these days; you are bound to come across several articles on rare earths or the technologies that the rare earths make possible. Hybrid and pure electric vehicles are expected to drive the Green Energy Economy.  Newer and larger wind power developments are in the air. Smaller and energy-efficient motors are humming quietly, and personal electronics devices like Blackberries and iPhones are sending a very clear message: there is a new materials and green technology renaissance underway. And, as we know, rare earths and magnets are playing a key role in this rebirth.


These two new sectors in the economy however, will continue to face delicate imbalances in the supply and demand for raw materials for both home-grown technologies and for job creation. This will be especially so in the Western world.


Underlying some of the market dynamics are geopolitical imbalances as the different economies emerge from the economic downturn of 2008/2009. China continues to supply about 97 percent of the world's current demand for rare earths, although there are increasing pressures to satisfy its own domestic demand for products. As for exports, China is aligning its efforts to produce more value-added products, effectively saying "Why export raw materials when we could export magnets?" It is only natural then for China to further ask "Why just magnets? Why not complete motor assemblies or complete automobiles?"...

(click here to read the full article in the Winter 2009 Issue of Magnetics Magazine p.10)
Masdar Selects Linde to Reduce Carbon Footprint of Solar Modules: Adopts Linde's on-site generated Fluorine to eliminate use of greenhouse gases
Solar ModuleMUNICH, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Linde Gases, a division of The Linde Group, and Masdar PV GmbH, a manufacturer of large-scale, thin-film solar modules, have signed an agreement to qualify and adopt Linde's on-site generated fluorine - a zero global warming solution for photovoltaic (PV) module process chamber cleaning. This extension of the collaboration between the two companies is a key element of Linde's drive to help accelerate the PV industry from grid parity to green parity... (click the image for full article)
Educating Tomorrow's Engineering Leaders: What do we really mean by 'engineering leadership' how can it be developed and nurtured?
Leaders in EngineeringFrom

A quick glance at the mission statements of engineering schools across the world makes clear that many are committed to educating the future leaders of the engineering profession. But while widely regarded as a core goal of engineering education, little attention has historically been paid to what "engineering leadership" means and how it can be nurtured. As part of the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program, I have had a chance to explore these questions. Liaising with experts in engineering schools across the world, I conducted a short review to assess the status of engineering leadership education and to identify best international practice. While not an exhaustive study, interesting issues emerge... (click the image for full article)

Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Announces New $100M Funding Opportunity for 2010
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December 7, 2009 - U.S. DOE Secretary, Steven Chu, announced a second round of $100M to be available in FY2010 awards for new electro fuels, innovative carbon capture materials and batteries for transportation under Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The new head of the ARPA-E Program is Dr. Arun Majumdar, former director of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

ARPA-E has announced their FY2009 project awards of $151M to 37 companies. The winning projects range from new grid size batteries, energy storage, rare-earth magnets, low cost crystals for LED lighting, CO2 capture technology, and desalination of water using carbon nanotubes and electrochromic films on plastics. PV wafers to new vehicle technology. Many of these companies will be building up resources and equipment.  (click the image for full article)                            Image courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy

SVC Members Elect Directors and Officers

Ludvik Martinu SVC Vice President 2010-2012
Vice President 2010 - 2012
Ludvik Martinu
École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada

Hana Barankova Secretary 2010-2012
Secretary 2010 - 2012
Hana Baránková
Uppsala University, Sweden

David Sanchez Director 2010-2012
Director 2010 - 2013
David Sanchez
Williams Advanced Materials

Ladislav Bardos Director 2010 - 2013
Director 2010 - 2013
Ladislav Bárdos
Uppsala University, Sweden
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