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Thursday, February 20 • 8:30am - 9:00am
Microscopy Characterization of Coatings - Zeiss

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Coatings have a broad range of applications in industries like pharmaceuticals, automotive, medical devices, textiles, oil and gas, aerospace and defense, food and packaging, and consumer optics, thanks to their role as functional, high performance or protective materials.  To meet stricter environmental regulations, increase sustainability and meet new customer demands, improving the
design of coatings and optimizing their performance is of critical importance to further advance innovation while remaining competitive in price. In addition, it is also important not only to develop novel materials, but also to maintain and ensure the quality of coatings while reducing the commercialization cycle.
Researchers rely on characterization techniques that help them understand the relationships between structure, properties, performance and process of coatings. Characterization includes 2D analytical solutions, 3D non‐destructive imaging and in situ capabilities, as well as advanced software packages that equip researchers to become pioneers in this field and expand the portfolio of coatings to new markets.
Characterization (microscopy, modelling and simulation, image analysis and spectroscopy) is used to determine the chemical composition as well as mapping contaminants and defects that influence the performance of coatings. In addition, these tools help researchers understand the structure and morphology, adhesion failure, as well as how the process variables influence the material properties. From looking at cross sections, delamination, corrosion to extracting actionable information from micrographs (thickness measurement and particle size distribution) and obtaining texture and roughness information, microscopy solutions provide new insights. In addition, uniformity and coverage of coatings, the presence of pores, microstructure and texture, segmentation and analysis of different features of interest as well as topography investigations can be determined.
This paper illustrates a case study on how optical and confocal microscopy, focused ion beam and correlative microscopy is used by ZEISS Vision R&D to make sure that new customer demands are met while keeping the quality and great performance of coatings.

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Fang Zhou

ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions
BiographyFang Zhou is a solution Manager, Business Sector Materials Science, Carl Zeiss Microscopy. He received his PhD in Applied Physics from University of Tübingen. Previously, he received a B.S. from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou and a M.S. from Chinese Academy of Sciences... Read More →

Thursday February 20, 2020 8:30am - 9:00am CST
Rhythms Room I
  General, Track 1

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