NSF Summer Institute on Nano Mechanics
and Materials

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Surface Engineering and Coatings
Ali Erdemir (Argonne National Laboratory)
Ivan Petrov (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Guest Lecturers:
Kathryn J. Wahl (Naval Research Laboratory)
Kazuhisa Miyoshi (NASA-Glen Research Center)
Yip-Wah Chung (National Science Foundation)

Program Outline

July 26-29, 2004


Recent advances in surface engineering and coating technologies have led to the development of a new breed of nano-structured and/or composite coatings that can meet the increasingly multifunctional application needs of future mechanical systems. Some of these coatings are truly super-hard and lubricious, hence are well-suited for demanding transportation and green manufacturing applications. Duplex/multiplex surface treatment methods are now combined with multilayer coating architectures to meet the ever increasing application requirements of critical engine parts and components. Furthermore, a new generation of nano-structured diamond, diamond like and carbide derived carbon films is also available and can be used for various advanced microelectronics, biomedical and optical applications.

The primary goal of this course is to provide a comprehensive overview of the latest developments in surface engineering and coating technologies in general and physical and chemical vapor deposition (PVD and CVD) processes in particular. Multi-functional, nano-structured and -composite coating architectures produced by these advanced methods are covered in details and the basic mechanisms involved in the nucleation and growth of these coatings are provided. The course will also provide a general overview of advanced tools/techniques used in the characterization and testing of these coatings. Some of these tools have now become an integral part of dedicated surface engineering laboratories and are extensively used to elucidate the nucleation and growth mechanisms of coatings; internal stresses and stress gradients within the films, nano-structural and chemical analyses, mechanical, electrical, optical, and tribological characterization of the films. Precise knowledge gained through the use of these techniques has been proven to be very useful in fine-tuning film microstructure and chemistry that can ultimately impact film property and performance.

Course Credit and Pre-requisites
The total number of contact hours for the five day program is 27, and 2.7 CEUs. There are certain pre-requisites for each topic. In order to maximize the learning experience, we will provide complete course materials to students prior to the class. Pre-requisite material will be reviewed briefly at the beginning of each course.

The registration fee for the short course is: $2,000
An additional $200 fee will be added to late registrations received after June 1, 2004. Register by April 1, 2004 and receive a 20% discount. The fee includes continental breakfast, coffee breaks, and lunch each day plus a reception dinner on Monday and a banquet dinner on Thursday as well as all presentation materials, lecture notes and appropriate review papers.

The course will be held at Northwestern University.