|Main goal for the near future of ООО "INACOTEC-SKOLKOVO" is to put into life advanced technologies for sputtering coatings and thin films — High Deposition Rate Ion-Plasma Sputtering (HDRIPS — technologies), combining design & producing coatings & materials including nano-clusters with given structure and qualities.
HDRIPS — technologies elaborated are to provide the following advantages comparing with existing coating technologies:
- Technological and qualitative — (а) sputtering materials of various types: conducting, semi-conducting, carbon-containing, ceramics, etc (no analogues); (b) working temperature range: 20-1200o C; (c) wide deposition rate interval: 0,1-40 m/min & >; (d) high quality & uniformity of multi-component, -functional & -layered coatings deposited both in content and inside each stratum; (e) simplicity in design & technological control; (f) incomparably much higher design accuracy for mosaic targets & coatings deposited due to the equal Deposition Rate (DR) effect occurring in mosaic targets sputtering under power density (PD) > 40 W/сm2 conditions; (g) low production cost for both technological process and target manufacture; (h) full ecological safety due to the absence of: liquid wastes, gaseous exhausts, transportation and storage of toxic reagents.
- Uniquely-natural — (а) stimulator for forming nanostructured coatings and creating ultra-dispersed powders, nano-cluster &nano-molecular compositions; (b) a sound substitute to ecologically dangerous chemical and electrochemical methods for coating deposition (an effective tool to get rid of the environmental problem), while securing not only the same production capacity but considerably better coatings quality and incomparably wider coatings assortment of the materials, compounds, composites sputtered which cannot be deposited by chemical technologies.
The basic priorities for HDRIPS — technologies application:
- High-tech industries: (i) air-space engine building for super- and hyper sonic flying ships: the deposition of multi-component and –functional refractory heat-resistant thermo gradient nanostructured coatings of 50 — 150 m in thickness and more, which considerably increase the service life of the engines; (ii) tool industry: multiple growth of wear-resistant for different types of modern forming and cutting equipment;
- Applied science and technologies: based on the nano-size effect the creation and development of industrial scale production of the newest materials, alloys, chemical compositions and composites in the form of: nano-cluster powders, nanomaterials multi-component & — layered nano-structured coatings.
- Engineering industries and small and medium-scale business: the substitution of ecologically harmful chemical/electrochemical coating deposition by employing continuous high deposition rate (DR) technological lines;
The Market-Technology niches for the HDRIPS — technologies:
- Surface engineering — modification of the working surfaces for machines parts and tools & stamps made of conventional structural materials by employing the new types of structural coatings of more than 10 microns in thickness consisting of the newest materials which permit to substantially both increase their service life and widen the application fields, including highly extreme conditions of high temperature & loading in active corrosion and erosion environment;
- Production of nanomaterials and manufacture, on their basis, different unique products such as: (i) the components of air-space crafts (air-inlets, parts of combustion chamber, turbine blades) having special nanostructured coatings; (ii) liquid and solid lubricant with backing additives (highly loaded friction pairs) in a form of nano-powders & -clusters to recreate and contain non-wear working conditions; (iii) super effective chemical catalyzers (chemical & biochemical synthesis of fuel, organic substances, etc) made of nanoclusters of noble metals which are placed into the matrix of super porous oxides or nano-pipes; (iv) highly sensitive sensors (to distinguish smells, chemical & biochemical substances) on semi-conductor oxides, and other still unknown high-tech products;
- Replacement of ecologically dangerous chemical/electrochemical coating methods;
- Upgrading of vacuum-arc, magnetron, ionic-beam and other thin films PVD technologies