Newsletter SVConnections February 2010

In This Issue
SVC 2010 TechCon in Orlando
Thin Film Photovoltaic Outlook
Cool Buildings with Nanotechnology
Top 10 Science Developments
Next-Generation Catalysts
2010 State of the Glass Industry
Shortage of Photonic Techs
Russians Invest in Nanocoatings
China and Science Patents
Flexible Battery
Metals Innovations
SVC Young Members Group
TechCon Sponsored Students
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Staying in touch with our industry and technology is more important now more than ever.  Where is our technology taking us, how does it remain relevant in today's economy and where do we fit in to its future success?  The Society of Vacuum Coaters' commitment to inform and educate our members, the technical community and the public on all aspects of vacuum coating, surface engineering and related processes drives our monthly e-publication SVConnections.  Filled with recent news and announcements about advances in our industry, this publication helps keep you in touch today and get a glimpse into tomorrow.
Thin Film Photovoltaics Materials Expected to Reach $13.1 Billion Market by 2017
Solar Industry News, December 15, 2009

The thin film photovoltaics (TFPV) materials market has been predicted to be $13.1 billion by 2017 in a NanoMarkets LLC report.  New encapsulation materials based on polymer/ceramic dyads being developed by several companies will allow flexible cells to be made.  Sales of encapsulation materials is estimated at $1.6 billion by 2017. The TFPV industry is expected to move away from indium tin oxide, and by 2017 zinc oxide and tin oxide will be the favored transparent conductors. It is predicted that inkjet printing and electro-deposition processes, amounting to $300 million will compete strongly with sputtering.

RETECZA: Global Research Partnership Addressed Poverty Reduction in South Africa
Oxidation with Diamond Electrodes Before

One of the major challenges in South Africa is to bring clean and affordable water within everyone's reach. At the same time, it is a key driver of economic growth and needs to be delivered reliably and cost-effectively to industry, commerce and agriculture. Furthermore water supply is a core topic within the RETECZA project - a unique academia-industry-public partnership initiative aimed at harnessing South Africa's research and innovation capacities to fight poverty and to contribute to sustainable development, especially Oxidation with Diamond Electrodes - Afterin areas such as renewable energy with a strong focus on wind, hydrogen in transportation, green building and construction technologies as well as water supply initiatives.

One partner in the RETECZA project is the Fraunhofer-Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, next to big names like the Georgia Institute of Technology in the United States, and major European R&D actors such as the Volvo Technology Concept Centre. Fraunhofer IST contributes to the project with water purification by diamond-coated electrodes for wastewater treatment and water disinfection.

With diamond coatings against the forces of E. coli and other bacteria: Water purification and treatment

Diamond-coated electrodes are characterized by extreme chemical resistance and their high over-voltage for the electrolysis of water. Thus it is possible to create oxidizing agents (hydroxyl radicals in particular) with high electrical efficiency directly within the water to be treated without a need for further chemicals. Nearly all organic and a range of inorganic contaminants in the affected water can be destroyed by the hydroxyl radicals. Additionally the hydroxyl radicals kill on contact germs that are already present in the water.

(click on either image to learn more about RETECZA)

Nanotechnology to Make Buildings Cooler: an old vacuum coating concept being implemented with new nanomaterials
Anna Salleh, ABC Science, January 21, 2010

A heat pump based on nanoparticles could one day cool buildings without the need for energy-intensive air conditioning, say Australian researchers.  Applied physicist Professor Geoff Smith and Dr. Angus Gentle of the University of Technology, Sydney, report their findings online last month in Nano Letters.
Los Alamos National Laboratories Announced Their  Top 10 Science Developments for 2009
Heading the list are super computers - with the Roadrunner computer exceeding 1 petaflop (1 million billion calculations/second) at half the power consumption of other super computers (500 megaflops/watt). The processors were AMD Opteron and IBMs PowerXcell. Versions of these processors are used in consumer computers and games. Of interest to the coatings community is LANL's work on the use of nanoparticles to absorb solar energy exceeding the absorption characteristics of conventional semiconductors. Also, biofuel research has developed a new fuel based on algae, using sound waves in its processing. LANL has teamed with Solix Biofuels to commercialize this technology.
(click here to read the full article on
Graphene-Based Nanomat Could Lead to Next-Generation Catalysts

by Lisa Zyga at PhysOrg.comReduced Graphene Oxide

Researchers have found a new use for graphene, the single-atom-thick sheet of carbon atoms that resembles chicken wire. Ever since graphene was first observed in 2004, its large surface area, excellent mechanical strength, and high electrical conductivity have intrigued scientists and opened up new areas of exploration.

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The Projected State of the Glass Industry 2010
Bank of America Tower, NCGlass Magazine gives their projections for 2010 for glass related building products in several articles.  In 2009 all sectors of construction starts dropped with the exception of public works at 0%. The worst hit were condos followed by commercial buildings (43%) , multifamily apartments, and residential single family housing (-22%). 

Retail construction is estimated to drop only 5% or even gain in 2010. Office construction is forecast to fall about 9% and hotels projected to fall 14% in 2010. Even though the numbers are negative, they show a slowing of the drop in building starts. Institutional buildings are expected to see only 2% decline overall, but with hospitals and higher education leading upward. In non-residential building the experts are expecting to see a 6.3% rebound in 2011.

The overall stimulus funding for construction totals $135 billion, with $49 billion going into transit and rail and highways. About $35 billion of stimulus funding for buildings and $30 billion for energy technology, which includes weatherization.

(click the image for full article)  Photo: Glass Magazine, January 5, 2010
Projected Shortage of Photonic Technicians
OpTech ImageA 2009 study by Prof. Darrell Hull and associates at the University of North Texas and OP-TEC, the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education, showed an expected shortage of photonic technicians over the next five years. Critical areas are in R&D and in production and manufacturing areas. Currently there are about 20,000 photonic technicians working in the U.S. and a need of 5,000 more photonic technicians over the next five years. Currently, U.S. colleges and universities provide only a fraction of the needed graduates. The study was supported by the National Science Foundation.    

(click the image for full article)  Image courtesy of National Center for Optics and Photonics Education

Russian Investment Will Expand Production of Application Units for Nanocoatings
Nanowerk News, January 14, 2010

A project to expand production of units for applying modified coatings of a single nanometer thickness on materials and goods with the help of a plasma magnetron discharge has won approval from the Supervisory Council of RUSNANO. Realization of the project will bring existing small-batch domestic hi-tech production created by Tomsk scientists to a new level and broaden its presence in Russian and foreign markets. Units produced by the project initiator-Laboratory 23-are part of technology founded on the physics of deposition of nanometer coatings (PVD technology). According to forecasts by, in 2015 the global market for units using PVD technology will be $12.8 billion. Such units have wide application for developing light-reflective surfaces for satellites, radio-reflective surfaces for satellite antennas, and anti-reflective compositions for solar batteries. All are appropriate to conductive coatings on the surface of dielectric materials. The use of nanosized coatings may have considerable socio-economic impact as well. Take, for example, the benefit to homes and businesses from reduction in heat loss when coatings are deposited on glass...

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China Moving Up in Science Patents and Journal Publications
Chemistry Patent Applications In a recent Chemical & Engineering News article, the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), which many of us use, showed a tremendous increase in Chinese authors and patents. For example in materials science papers China has a 20.8% share over the period of 2004-2008 compared to 12.2% for 1999-2003. Also, for 2004-2008 China has a 10.9% world share in engineering papers, 16.9% in chemistry papers and 14.2% in physics papers.  In a sub field such as metallurgy and metallurgical engineering, the share is 31.2%. If this rate is sustained it will not be unusual for institutions of G-8 countries to become research partners with China; this represents a reversal of past trends. Thomas Reuters has released the "Global Research Report: China "in Nov. 2009. China filed about 67,000 chemical patents in 2009 compared to US at 41,000. Chemical patents make up about 35% of all world patents.
(click the image for full article by Sophie L. Rovner, Chemical & Engineering News)

Flexible Lithium Polymer Battery
Flexible Lithium Polymer Battery

by Tessa Henderson, Energy Harvesting & Storage

Researchers at The Advanced Materials Innovation Centre in Japan have developed a lithium polymer battery that can be manufactured by printing technology. The battery is flexible and could be used for flexible solar batteries, flexible displays or attached to curved surfaces.

The researchers used a normal sheet-shaped flexible substrate but with a printing technology which enables the manufacture of batteries that are thinner but have an increased surface area. As the batteries are printed using roll-to-roll production, large scale production will be possible at a lower cost and the batteries can also be laminated. The prototype is half a millimetre thick and gives around a 4V output, but information on capacity has not been released.

The battery is being developed as part of a three year research project that will end in March 2011 and during this time the research group plans to improve manufacturing technologies for commercial production, determine potential applications for the battery and calculate battery capacity.

(click the image for full article)   Photo: Energy Harvesting Journal
Military Budget to Drive Metals Innovations

by Stuart Burns, for


The Senate passed the $636 billion Department of Defense appropriations bill this week that includes millions of dollars for military-related projects that will either consume metals or improve the technology used when working with them. When you look at the list of projects you have to wonder how much they are for purely military applications and how much they are thinly veiled subsidies for the development of commercial technologies. Many tens of millions, possibly hundreds of millions are going into developments that have direct commercial applications as well as some military relevance. An example of some of the projects to receive funding illustrates how benefits derived for military use will be equally (if not more) applicable for commercial applications.

$2.4 million for development of fuel cells for unmanned ground vehicles (UGV), currently UGV's use regular batteries but fuel cells would allow them to work for much longer and draw greater power demands. For their uptake in military vehicles though they need to be made small, robust and cheap enough to be expendable. Plus a further $6.4 million to continue the Vehicle Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Logistics Program managed by the Defense Logistics Agency.

(click here to read the full article at Metal Miner,

SVC Welcomes the Young Members Group and New Mentors Program to the 2010 TechCon
The Young Members Group is open to young people (age 30 or younger) with an interest in vacuum coating and related technologies.  Join the Young Members Group and enjoy special TechCon discounts:

SVC Membership:
TechCon Registration: $225.00
50% off tickets to the Tuesday Evening Networking Event

The 2010 TechCon is featuring a new Mentors Program, allowing young members and students to connect with volunteer mentors from industry and academia within various sectors of the vacuum coating community.  This program will be the focus of a special session on Sunday afternoon, April 18 from 2:00-4:00 PM.  Please indicate your interest in attending the Young members Group/Mentors Program when registering for the conference on-line.

Spotlight on SVC Sponsored Students - giving presentations at the SVC 53rd Annual Technical Conference in Orlando, FL April 17-22, 2010

Helene SuttleHelene Suttle
University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
High Performance Gas Barrier Materials for Electronics Applications
(W-3) Monday, April 19, 10:10 a.m.


Jan LazarJan Lazar
University of West Bohemia, Plzen, Czech Republic
Characterization of High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering of Zirconium
(HP-4) Tuesday, April 20, 9:30 a.m.

Ganesh KamathGanesh Kamath
Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK
Micro-Structural and Oxidative Mechanical Wear Study on TiAlCN/VCN Nanostructured Multilayer Coating Deposited by HIPIMS/HIPIMS Technique - Impression of High Density Metal-Ion Irradiation in Reactive Atmosphere
(HP-7) Tuesday April 20, 11:10 a.m.
Phitsanu PoolcharuansinPhitsanu Poolcharuansin
University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
Low Pressure HiPIMS Operation Using a Pre-Ionizer Technique
(HP-5) Tuesday, April 20, 3:10 p.m.


Kayne DunnKayne Dunn
McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
Calibration and Comparison of SiCxNy Thin Films Deposited by ICP CVD
(O-11) Thursday, April 22, 9:10 a.m. and
Luminescent SiCxNy Thin Films Deposited by ICP CVD
(O-15) Thursday, April 22, 11:10 a.m.

Koen Van AekenKoen Van Aeken
University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium
The Angular Distribution of the Arriving Metal Flux during Magnetron Sputter Deposition
(A-6) Thursday, April 22, 11:10 a.m.
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