Development of web-coating process for fabricating nanostructured ultracapacitor/solar coatings on existing manufacturing lines
In this project, the research fellow will design and develop scale-up coating processes for the manufacturing of cost-effective nano-engineered functional coatings on industrial web-coating systems. Thin film coatings are often applied to manufactured components to enhance their functional characteristics, for example improving scratch resistance of architectural and automotive metals. Recent advances in nanotechnology have shown that nanostructured thin films can provide dramatically enhanced high-value functionality not possible with traditional materials or unstructured coatings. The project will initially focus on energy applications, including ultracapacitors and solar photovoltaics, like solar foil. The fellow will later target advanced coating applications including catalytic surfaces, electrodes, optical surfaces, and heat exchangers.