Nanomaterials-Assisted Bioelectricity Generation from Bacteria: An Alternative Green Energy Source?

Dr. Narendra Parmar, Dr. Ilker Bayer, Abhijit Biswas

May 2020 VT&C Digital Magazine

Active Thin Films: Liquid Crystal Displays 1

Dr. Peter Martin

April 2020 VT&C Digital Magazine

Emergence of Flexible Photonic Crystals

Abhijit Biswas

March 2020 VT&C Digital Magazine

The Low Pressure Glow Discharge: Part 1 Formation and Characteristics

Steve Hansen

February 2020 VT&C Digital Magazine

Vacuum-Assisted Production and Characterization of Lipid Derivatives and Surfactants Transforming Food, Cosmetic and Pharmaceutical Industries

Dr. Megha Agrawal and Dr. Shyamasri Biswas

January 2020 VT&C Digital Magazine

The Emerging Super Black Nanomaterials Poised for Broad Technological Impact

Dr. Narendra Parmar, Dr. Ilker Bayer, Abhijit Biswas

December 2019 VT&C Digital Magazine
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory: ORNL, LANL-developed quantum technologies go the distance

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 12, 2020 — For the second year in a row, a team from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge and Los Alamos national laboratories led a demonstration hosted by EPB, a community-based utility and telecommunications company serving Chattanooga, Tennessee. Using an isolated portion of EPB’s fiber-optic network, the team experimented with quantum-based technologies that could improve the cybersecurity, longevity and efficiency of the nation’s power grid. Among other successes, the researchers drastically increased the range that these resources can cover in collaboration with their new industry partner, Qubitekk.

Berkeley Lab: Seeing ‘Under the Hood’ in Batteries

From next-gen smartphones to longer-range electric cars and an improved power grid, better batteries are driving tech innovation. And to push batteries beyond their present-day performance, researchers want to see “under the hood” to learn how the individual ingredients of battery materials behave beneath the surface. This could ultimately lead to battery improvements such as increased capacity and voltage.

VAT: VAT Announces Partnership with Ancorp

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, April 1, 2020 - VAT Incorporated, the leading global developer, manufacturer and supplier of high-end vacuum valves is pleased to announce a partnership with Ancorp effective April 1 2020. This partnership is focused on providing superior value to the general vacuum market by offering domestic vacuum users fast shipping on select stocked valves directly from ANCORP’s facility in Florida.

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Vacuum Technology Primer

Since 2000 Vacuum Technology & Coating Magazine has been the industry's leading source for the latest articles, news, and product and service information. Below we describe some of the terms that you will find in a typical issue of VT&C.

Vacuum Coating (Vacuum Deposition and Thin Film Deposition) is the process of depositing a film or other material atom by atom or molecule by molecule onto a surface in a low pressure environment or vacuum.

Physical Vapor Deposition or PVD refers to vacuum deposition methods which involve the material (which is being deposited) going from a condensed phase to a vapor phase and then to a thin film condensed phase. Sputtering and evaporation are common PVD processes.

Sputtering refers to a type of process used to deposit thin films and employs a plasma to bombard and eject atoms from a target source.

Evaporation refers to the heated source material being evaporated in a vacuum. Vacuum allows vapor particles to travel directly to the target object, where they condense back to a solid state. (called a Deposition Source) refers to a type of process used to deposit thin films and employs a plasma to bombard and eject atoms from the target source (called a Deposition Source).

Vacuum Hardware refers to the types of hardware and components that are used in the vacuum process. There are many types of hardware used in this process, some examples are flanges, fittings, seals, valves, and chambers.

Thin Film Metrology involves determining the optimal thickness, composition and/or condition of a coating through various techniques and mathematical calculations.

Gas Analytical Systems are used in the analysis of residual gases within a low pressure environment or vacuum.

Vacuum Pumps are devices that remove gas atoms and molecules for the purpose of leaving behind a partial vacuum. Some examples of types of vacuum pumps are rotary vane pumps, diaphragm pumps, and scroll pumps.

Every issue of VT&C includes a product showcase focused on a specific topic relevant to Vacuum Processing, please see our editorial calendar which lists the topic for each issue.