Nano-composite coatings have wide applications for their superior mechanical and corrosion properties. Many efforts have been devoted to the development of different types of nano-composite coatings in the last decade. Various techniques are used to modify the coating microstructure at the nano scale in order to further improve the properties of coatings. We recently developed a novel method which combines sol-gel process and electrochemical deposition process to produce nano-composite coatings. This simple method can lead to a highly dispersed distribution of oxide nano-particles in the metal coating matrix, resulting in significantly improved mechanical properties. This Chapter introduces the principle of this innovative method, the basic theory behind the deposition process, and an overview of current results. It also describes the dopant technology that is derived from this novel technique. The future development potentials and industrial applications of these coatings are also discussed.
Part of the book: Electrodeposition of Composite Materials