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Breakthrough research at the University of Canterbury, UK has created an industrial process that applies a protective ceramic coating to metal machine parts, which could be used by NASA.
Researchers at the Advanced Energy and Materials Systems Lab (AEMSLab) have demonstrated the technology, described as a ‘holy grail’ of modern industry, for the first time applying a uniform, robust and adherent ceramic coating to a complex shaped metal part. The enabling technology for this breakthrough is called Pulsed-Pressure Metal-Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (PP-MOCVD) and was invented by Associate Professor Susan Krumdieck during her PhD thesis research in 1999.
With potential applications in industries such as dairy, industrial manufacturing, medical and mining, NASA and international companies such as Teledyne, have already expressed interest in the product.