Nickel Thin Films: Properties and Applications

Nickel thin films are at the forefront of numerous technological advancements, offering unique properties that are indispensable in various industries. At Platypus Technologies, we specialize in the metal deposition through e-beam evaporation to create high-quality nickel coatings tailored for diverse industrial applications.

In this blog, we discuss the properties and applications of nickel coatings, as well as the advantages of producing nickel thin films via e-beam evaporation.

Nickel thin films deposited on glass
Nickel thin films deposited on glass, by Platypus Technologies

Why Choose Aluminum Thin Films for Infrared Mirrors?

Aluminum is an excellent material to use with infrared mirror technology. Not only is it versatile, and so can be used in a variety of industrial applications, but it has good conductive and reflective properties that make it perfect for tools that need to use reflective optics to operate, such as telescopes.  This article looks into the rationale behind selecting aluminum thin films for infrared mirrors, while highlighting their unique properties and uses. 

Palladium Vs Platinum Plating in Biomedical Coatings

In the rapidly evolving landscape of biomedical technology, selecting appropriate materials for medical implants and devices is crucial. Among various options, platinum and palladium have emerged as prominent contenders in biomedical coatings. This article delves into a comparative analysis of palladium and platinum plating, examining their properties, applications, and implications in the biomedical industry.

Why Use Platinum Thin Film Technology for Fuel Cells?

Fuel cells represent a groundbreaking stride in the world of power generators. Yet, the science behind how fuel cells work and the mechanisms driving their efficiency are continuously evolving. Among the advancements, platinum thin film technology stands out as a game-changer. Platinum, already renowned for its catalytic prowess, takes on an enhanced role when incorporated as a thin film in fuel cells. 

Optical Absorption of Gold Thin Films

In the realm of material science and photonics, the optical properties of materials stand as a cornerstone of innovative applications. One such intriguing area of study is the optical absorption of gold thin films. As we venture deeper into nanotechnology’s advancements, understanding these properties becomes paramount.

Gold Thin Films: Reflectivity Across Different Thicknesses

In the realm of optical technology and research, gold thin films have carved a significant niche. Their unique reflective properties make them invaluable in various applications. In this article, we delve deeper into understanding how the thickness of these films—specifically at 100 nanometers, 40 nanometers, and 10 nanometers—affects their optical reflection.

Optical Reflection of Gold Thin Films

Gold, with its radiant gleam, has been revered for millennia, not only for its beauty but also for its unique properties. Especially in the realm of optics, the optical characteristics of gold thin films are pivotal for several groundbreaking technologies and innovations. In this blog, we will discuss the optical reflection of gold thin films.

Optical Transmission of Gold Thin Films

Gold thin films, with their shimmering luster and exceptional properties, have fascinated scientists and engineers for decades. Beyond their aesthetic appeal lies an intriguing realm of optical characteristics that pave the way for groundbreaking technologies. In this blog, we will discuss the optical transmission of thin films of gold.

Optical Applications of Gold Coated Substrates

In optics, gold-coated substrates serve multiple purposes. Gold’s superior reflection of both infrared and visible light makes it ideal for mirrors and filters. Its corrosion resistance ensures durability in challenging conditions. These substrates also play a role in surface plasmon resonance (SPR) spectroscopy, a method analyzing molecular interactions on surfaces. Here, light directed onto a gold-coated substrate helps deduce molecular properties based on reflection patterns. In essence, their reflectivity, stability, and versatility underscore their significance in optical applications.

This article delves into the multifaceted world of gold-coated substrates and their pivotal role in optics.

Why Platinum Metal Surfaces are Ideal for High-Temperature Sensors

High-temperature measurement is a challenging prospect. Sensing elements must be robust enough to withstand the heat without degrading. Yet they also need the right conductivity to ensure measurement accuracy. Crucially: This conductivity must stay consistent across broad temperature ranges. Finding the right material for sensor surfaces is thus a balancing act. 

Platinum is so often a standout material for high-temperature processes. It is routinely applied as a metal substrate in high-sensitivity sensing applications. But why? This article explores the benefits of platinum metal surfaces in more depth. 

Using Aluminum Metal Surfaces to Synthesize Nanoporous Alumina

The synthesis of nanoporous alumina on aluminum metal surfaces has emerged as a groundbreaking technique in material science. This process, known as anodization, leverages the electrochemical oxidation of aluminum to produce a thick oxide layer, resulting in well-defined nanoporous structures with a hexagonal honeycomb-like pattern. This article delves deep into the intricacies of this process, its applications, and its significance in the industry.

Is Silver the Metal Surface of Choice for Optical Devices?

Metal surfaces play a crucial role in various scientific and technological applications. Coatings and patterning techniques offer a means to modify the properties of metal surfaces for specific purposes. In the realm of optical devices, metal surfaces have garnered significant attention due to their unique characteristics. This blog post looks at the topic of metal surfaces, with a particular focus on silver, and explores its suitability as a choice for optical devices.

Using Gold-Coated Substrates to Fabricate Self-Assembled Monolayers

Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) play a crucial role in various scientific applications, including batteries, antifouling coatings, and perovskite solar cells. One effective method of fabricating SAMs is by using gold-coated substrates. Gold-coated substrates offer unique properties that make them highly suitable for the formation of SAMs. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of gold-coated substrates in fabricating self-assembled monolayers and also look at the process and applications of this technique.

Exploring Different Types of Coated Coverslips

Coated coverslips are crucial in achieving accurate and high-quality imaging results in microscopy and nanotechnology. These coverslips have various types of coatings applied to their surfaces to offer enhanced properties that improve cell adhesion, spreading, and imaging capabilities. Understanding the different types of coated coverslips and their applications is essential for scientists and researchers seeking to optimize their microscopy experiments. This blog post will explore the various types of coated coverslips and highlight their applications.

Hydrogen Flame Annealing of Gold

As the demands of nanotechnology and material science continue to evolve, so too do the methodologies used to meet these needs. One key procedure that has revolutionized the field is the use of hydrogen flame annealing in the preparation of gold substrates. Gold, with its inherent chemical stability and ability to form strong bonds with certain biomolecules, has proven itself as a substrate of choice for numerous applications, including atomic force microscopy (AFM).

Why Choose Gold Coated Coverslips Over PDL Coatings?

Gold-plated coverslips are a form of metal coating. They have an important place in cell culture, microscopy, nanotechnology, and other areas because of their useful optical properties. They are commonly used as a substrate in imaging applications, where cells can be grown and observed under a microscope. To enhance the performance of coverslips, various coatings are available, including Poly-D-Lysine (PDL) and gold. In this article, we will look at the advantages of gold-coated coverslips over PDL and outline their unique features and applications.

Fabricating Gold Electrodes on Flexible Polyimide Films: A Comprehensive Guide

Polyimide films are a popular choice for flexible electronic applications due to their remarkable properties. These films exhibit excellent thermal stability, mechanical strength, and chemical resistance, making them ideal for use in harsh environments. In addition, their inherent flexibility allows for the design of lightweight and compact devices that can easily conform to various shapes.

Unlocking Alzheimer’s Molecular Secrets with Infrared Nanospectroscopy

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating condition characterized by memory loss and cognitive impairment, causing immense suffering for patients and their families. One of the main causes of Alzheimer’s is the aggregation of a protein called amyloid-β (Aβ42) in the brain, leading to the formation of toxic structures. Scientists have been working tirelessly to understand the molecular basis of this disorder and develop treatments that can stop or reverse the aggregation process. In a groundbreaking study, researchers used infrared nanospectroscopy and ultra-flat gold to explore the interactions between Aβ42 aggregates and a small molecule inhibitor.

Unveiling the Secrets of Alzheimer’s Disease at the Nanoscale

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a debilitating neurodegenerative condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is the leading cause of cognitive decline and death among seniors, accounting for about 70% of all neurodegenerative diseases. One of the hallmarks of AD is the accumulation of amyloid-β (Aβ) proteins, which form toxic aggregates known as amyloid plaques. To better understand the molecular mechanisms behind AD and develop effective treatments, researchers are continually exploring new techniques to study these proteins at the nanoscale.

Unraveling the Mysterious Effects of β-Carotene on Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a devastating neurodegenerative disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. One of the main features of this disease is the formation of amyloid-beta (Aβ) aggregates in the brain, which are believed to play a critical role in the development of AD. Scientists have been exploring various strategies to prevent or treat AD, including the use of natural compounds like β-carotene. In a recent study, researchers investigated how β-carotene affects the structure of Aβ aggregates, providing new insights into potential therapeutic approaches.