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Semi-Finished Platinum Products for Thin Film Deposition Techniques

XRF Scientific has been developing precision sample preparation equipment for x-ray fluorescence (XRF) and inductively-coupled plasma (ICP) analysis since 1972. Our products and methodologies have supported experts in an array of industrial sectors, providing accurate composition and purity measurements of sample materials in the mining, construction, petrochemical sectors and more. This success has enabled us to broaden our market expertise and provide an expansive platinum product range for applications beyond sample analysis.

Our semi-finished platinum products have found extensive application in the growing field of thin film deposition. Evaporation and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) are among the most common thin film coating techniques. They are used to fabricate unique microelectronic structures and to alter the surface composition of a device or product and improve its functionalities.

This article will explore our semi-finished platinum products for thin film deposition in further detail:

Semi-Finished Precision Platinum Products

Precision platinum materials are lightweight precious metals that are reduced from ingots and cast into various new shapes. This expansive product spectrum encompasses foils, sheets, thermocouple wires, platinum slugs, with a broad range of potential applications. Platinum starter sources, for example, are routinely used to improve the product yield of thin film deposition techniques for functional medical device coatings.

Platinum Products for Thin Film Deposition

Conventional evaporation techniques feed slugs, or pellets, into an electron beam in high-vacuum conditions. This high-pressure process enables a substrate to be coated with particles with low contamination from alternative vapors. Platinum evaporation slugs are available in custom-cut sizes for varying film thicknesses. The consistency of these films is critical, as even minute surface irregularities can impact the efficiency of a thin film end-product.

Additional platinum products can be used to improve the uniformity of evaporation techniques and increase the deposition yield. These materials eliminate erratic evaporation due to slug topography inconsistencies, reducing the need for electron beam adjustment and maximizing the vaporization efficiency. At XRF Scientific, we provide platinum starter sources at volumes ranging from 5 cc – 155 cc.

High-power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS) uses short magnetron pulses and low heat conditions to physically deposit vapors onto substrate materials with outstanding physiochemical bonds. Sputter coating is advantageous as its target materials and coating formulations typically feature similar compositions for improved thin film durability. These targets are regularly made from platinum products, which can be bonded or non-bonded depending upon the application. Fixed platinum targets can enable fixation to vacuum units, improving the stability of the target material throughout the HIPIMS process.

Platinum products for HIPIMS applications can be used for high target utilization magnetron sputtering, reactive sputtering, ion beam sputtering, and PVD sputtering.

Precision Platinum Products from XRF Scientific

XRF Scientific is a specialist in the development of unique analytical and process components for cutting-edge industry applications. Our precision platinum products are regularly used for thin film deposition techniques, with a broader range of semi-finished platinum products for electronic applications.

If you would like any more information about our platinum products, please do not hesitate to contact us.