Spin coating deposition on complex geometry substrates: Influence of operative parameters

Riccardo Balzarotti, Cinzia Cristiani, Lorraine F. Francis

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An industrial spin coater was used to coat complex substrates for catalytic applications. Metallic open cell foams (20, 30 and 40 pores per inch, PPI) were coated for times up to 120 s using a range of spinning velocities (from 1000 to 3000 rpm). Water/glycerol solutions of different viscosities were used as model liquids to assess the influence of operating parameters on the deposition process. Coating weight (i.e., load) was found to decrease with rotation speed and spinning time, while higher coating loads were measured with an increase of viscosity and geometrical support PPI. Moreover, a process to spin coat acid-free cerium oxide slurries was developed to create a catalyst carrier on the three-dimensional substrates. Excellent control of deposited load and good adhesion performance were obtained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalSurface and Coatings Technology
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017


  • Catalyst deposition
  • Metallic foams
  • Rheology
  • Spin coating
  • Washcoating


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