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"Multicomponent nanostructured coatings. Nanofilms"

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The authors:

  • D.V. Shtansky
  • E.A. Levashov
  • Ph. Kiryukhantsev-Korneev
  • M.I. Petrzhik
  • Yu.S. Pogozhev
  • I.A. Bashkova
  • E.I. Zamulaeva
  • K.A. Kuptsov
  • A.N. Sheveiko


The course presents a description of two-years educational master program with advanced lectures and practical training related to Nanofilms and Multicomponent Nanostructured Coatings. The program is dedicated to the first year graduate students (master's course) who specialize in the field of Materials Science and Advanced Technologies of Surface Engineering.

The course consists of a number of lectures about fundamentals and most recent developments in the fields of plasma physics and surface engineering. The educational master program describes the advanced methods of surface modification and deposition of nanofilms and multicomponent nanostructured coatings, the investigation methods of their structure (elemental and phase composition, grain size, texture, morphology, surface topography, structure of the grain boundaries, dislocation structure, etc.) and properties (hardness, Young's modulus, elastic recovery, friction and wear, impact resistance, electrochemical characteristics) as well as novel characterization technique and standards.

The lectures are accompanied by a large number of seminars which will help the students to obtain the necessary competencies. In addition, practical training in various fields is organized using advanced equipment available at the Scientific-Educational Center of SHS and the Test Laboratory of Functional Surfaces to help students to improve their knowledge and competence in the field of Nanofilms.

Important part of the course is that every student is involved in the real experimental and theoretical research under supervision of senior staff by individual working plan. This work includes the preparation of literature overview, preparation of experimental samples, their characterization and testing, preparation of the final report and oral presentation of the results at the laboratory seminar.

To conclude that the experimental/theoretical master work is successful it is obligatory to publish the results obtained at least in one review journal (international or from the list of Highest Attestation Commission of RF) and present it at one seminar or conference for young scientists.

Course goal

The goal of the course is to provide a basic knowledge and practical training on nanofilms and multicomponent nanostructured coatings to train high-educational personnel for work at the research laboratories and industrial sector to solve various problems in the filed of surface engineering and development new technological processes and advanced materials.


The course provides students the following competence:

  • to get fundamental knowledge, competence and practical skilling in the methods of surface modification and nanostructured coatings deposition;

  • to get fundamental knowledge, competence and practical skilling in the methods of coatings characterization and testing;

  • to be familiar with practical aspects of novel nanomechanical characterization technique and standards;

  • to solve the theoretical and applied problems connected with the development of advanced nanostructured thin films and coatings for mechanical engineering and medicine;

  • to treat the experimental results using equipment software and computer programs;

  • to work independently with the literature in search of the necessary information


The course assumes that the student has a background in physics, chemistry, and materials science as well as has some basic mathematical skills on the bachelor level.

Course program

The following instruments will be used during the course:

  • Lectures
  • Practical training
  • Seminars
  • Scientific research (literature review, experimental/theoretical work, scientific report, publication, master theses)
  • Self-study

Time schedule

  • Total credit points 3.6 (504 hours)
  • Auditorium learning 1.8 (104 hours)
  • Lectures 0.6 (40 hours)
  • Seminars 0.6 (28 hours)
  • Practical training 0.6 (36 hours)
  • Scientific research
  • Self-study 1.8 (400 hours)


  • Auditorium study: 10 %
  • Scientific research: 50% Self-study: 40%, including: Homework - 15%
  • Final exam, reports, master thesis: 20% Participation in discussions during the seminars:

Lectures - 0.6 (40 hours)


Title of lecture



Electrical gas discharges, as a key processes in the modern coating deposition technologies

Dr. Ph. Kiryukhantsev- Korneev


Nanofilms preparation: deposition techniques, surface modification (fundamental aspects)

Dr. Ph. Kiryukhantsev-Korneev


Nanofilms: Fundamental Principals, Characterization, Testing, and Application

Prof. D. Shtansky


Mechanical characterization of Nanofilms

Dr. M. Petrzhik


Friction and wear of coatings

Dr. I. Bashkova


Methods of contact and non-contact characterization of surface topography

Dr. Yu. Pogozhev

7 Hard tribological Nanofilms with other enhanced characteristics
Prof. D. Shtansky
8 Disperse-strengthened by nanoparticles tribological coatings
Prof. E. Levashov
9 Nanofilms for biological applications
Prof. D. Shtansky


Novel nanomechanical characterization technique and standards

Dr. M. Petrzhik

Practical trainings - 0.6 (36 hours)

  1. Magnetron sputtering and ion implantation assisted magnetron sputtering
    Influence of magnetron sputtering parameters on structure and properties of nanostructured coatings. The main features of sputtering of metal, ceramic, and composite SHS targets.
    Equipment: Magnetron Sputtering, Ion Implantation Assisted Magnetron Sputtering, and Ion Implantation Units

  2. Pulsed electrospark deposition (PED) and chemical reaction assisted PED
    Investigation of kinetics of deposition process during the PED. Coating characterization by means of profilometry and optical microscopy.
    Equipment: Set of Equipment for Pulsed Electrospark Deposition

  3. Nanoindentation
    Determination of hardness and Young' modulus of thin films and the near surface layer of bulk materials using nanoindentation.
    Equipment: Nanohardness Tester, CSM Instruments, Switzerland

  4. Scratch Testing
    Evaluation of the adhesive/cohesive strength, scratch resistance, and mechanisms of coating failure during scratch testing.
    Equipment: Scratch Tester RVS, CSM Instruments, Switzerland

  5. Surface Topography
    Analysis of surface topography and roughness parameters using optical profilometry.
    Equipment: Optical profiling system Veeco WYKO NT1100, USA

  6. Friction and Wear
    Characterization of tribological properties of nanostructured coatings under different conditions: 1. at room and elevated temperatures; 2. in air and under various solutions.
    Equipment: Tribometer, CSM Instruments, Switzerland; High-temperature Tribometer, CSM Instruments, Switzerland

  7. Impact Testing
    Impact tests under cyclic load to estimate life time and mechanism of failure of PVD coatings.
    Equipment: Impact Tester, CemeCon, Germany

  8. Electrochemical testing
    Characterization of electrochemical properties of nanostructured coatings
    Equipment: Complete System for Electrochemical Research (VoltaLab)

  9. Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy
    Chemical analysis of thin and thick coatings using radiofrequency glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy
    Equipment: PROFILER-2, Horiba Jobin Yvon, France

Seminars - 0.6 (28 hours)

  1. Recent deposition technologies for production of nanofilms
    Each student makes a short oral presentation about some method of nanofilm deposition

  2. Calculation of Hertz (or starting) stresses at elastic mechanical contact for typical indenters and loads
    Quantitative description of conditions of mechanical contact will be done using solutions of Hertz task due to variations of geometry of indenters, Poisson ratios and elastic moduli of involved materials.

  3. Mechanical characterization of Nanofilms
    Short oral presentations prepared by each student. The topics of presentation will be defined by lecturer at the start of each semester. For example, "Application of nanoindentation to control production of thin film".

  4. Structural characterization of Nanofilms
    During seminar students must demonstrate their knowledge in structural characterization of nanofilms using a standard set of materials. The test materials include XRD patterns, selected area electron diffraction patterns, XPS and Raman spectra, reference tables and books.

  5. Friction and wear
    Calculation of the worn track section of the sample and the diameter of the wear spot of counterpart material, wear rate of both ball and coating (using optical microscopes, two-dimensional cross-section profile of the wear track and diameter of wear spot of counterpart material

  6. Surface topography
    The calculation of amplitude and spacing surface roughness parameters using two-dimensional profiles of different surfaces.

  7. Creating and disseminating novel nanomechanical characterization technique and standards
    Short oral presentations prepared by each student. The topics of presentation will be defined by lecturer at the start of each semester.

Basic literature

  • a) Nanostructured Thin Films and Nanodispersion Strengthened Coatings, NATO Science Series, edited by A.A. Voevodin, D.V. Shtansky, E.A. Levashov, J.J. Moore, Vol. 155, 2004.
  • b) Protective Coatings & Thin Fims -03. Symposia Proceedings 149, Surface and Coatings Technology, vol. 180-181, 2004, 684 p.p.
  • c) K. Holmberg, A. Matthews Coatings Tribology: Properties, Mechanisms, Techniques and Applications in Surface Engineering, Tribology and Interface Engineering Series, 56, 560pp.
  • d) J.A. Williams Wear and wear particles-some fundamentals, Tribology International 38 (2005) 863-870.
  • e) Stout K.J. Development of methods for the characterization of roughness in three dimensions. Penton Press. London. 2000.
  • f) Pawley J.B. Handbook of Biological Confocal Microscopy (3rd edition). Berlin: Springer. 2006.
  • g) Micro-and opto-electronic materials and structures: physics, mechanics, design, reliability, packagigng / Ed. by Suhir E. - erlin: Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. Vol.1. Materials physics - materials mechanics. Vol. II Physical Design - Reliability and Packaging - 2007. - xxx, 725 p. - ISBN: 978-0-387-2794-0.

Supplementary literature

  • a) Biomedical Nanostructures, edited by K.E. Gonsalves, C.R. Halberstadt, C.T. Laurencin, L.S. Nair, Wiley-Interscience, 2008.
  • b) Metallic Biomaterial Interfaces, edited by J. Breme, R. Thull, C.J. Kirkpatrick, Wiley-VCH, 2008.
  • c) Multiscale, Multifunctional and Functionally graded Materilas, edited by A. Kawasaki, A. Kumakawa, M. Niino, Trans Tech Publications Ltd., Switzerland, 2010, 537 p.p.
  • d) Y.P. Raizer. Gas discharge physics. Springer-Verlag, 1991, 449 p.
  • e) A. Fridman, L. Kennedy. Plasma physics and engineering. Taylor& Francis, NY, 2004
  • f) D.M. Mattox. The foundations of vacuum coating technology. Noyes Publications, 2003, 151 p.
  • g) C.H. Bishop. Vacuum deposition onto webs, films, and foils, William Adrew, 2007, 474 p
  • h) T. Nelis, R. Payling. Glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy: a practical guide, Royal Society of Chemistry, UK, 2003, 198 p.
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