A polymer coating designed to protect electronic components like
microchips has been developed at
the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied
Polymer Research, Germany. The
film -which is about 100 nanometres thick -is produced by electrodeposition in which the amino
resins are broken down chemically
by an electric current.
The polymers are continuously linked and then hardened until they produce a microscopically thin but unbroken electrolytic coating which is scratch and water-proof and resistant to chemicals. The developers say the technology can be readily incorporated into microchip manufacture.
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