Materials development has reached a point where it is difficult for a single material to satisfy the needs of sophisticated applications in the modern world. Nanocomposite films and coatings achieve much more than the simple addition of the constitutents - the law of summation fails to work in the nano-world. This book encompasses three major parts of the development of nanocomposite films and coatings: the first focuses on processing and properties, the second concentrates on mechanical performance, and the third deals with functional performance, including wide application areas ranging from mechanical cutting to solar energy and from electronics to medicine.
Sam Zhang is the principal editor of Journal of Materials Research, Vice President of the Institute of Materials (East Asia), and has extensive research and industrial experience in thin films and coatings applications. Nasar Ali is a professional fellow member of the Institute of Nanotechnology, based in the United Kingdom. He has significant research experience in the synthesis, characterization and application of diamond based coatings.
Processing and Properties: Magnetron-Sputtered Hard and Yet Tough Nanocomposite Coatings with Case Studies; Properties of Chemical Vapor Deposited Nanocrystalline Diamond and Nanodiamond/Amorphous Carbon Composite Films; Synthesis, Characterization and Applications of Nanocrystalline Diamond Thin Films; Properties of Hard Nanocomposite Thin Films; Mechanical Performance: Nanolayererd and Nanocomposite Coatings for Cutting Tools Applications; Nanocomposite Tribological Coatings; Machining of Specialty Metals Using Nanocomposite Coated Cutting Tools; Functional Performance (Energy, Electronics and Medical): Nanocomposite Thin Films for Solar Energy Conversions; Application of Silicon Nanocrystal in Non-Volatile Memory Devices; Nanocrystalline Silicon Films for Thin Film Transistor and Optoelectric Applications; Advanced Diamond-Like Carbon Nanocomposite Coatings for Biomedical Applications; Nanocoatings for Biocompatibility and Surface Bioactivity.