About the book
Electrodeposition has been an active research field of vast technological significance for many decades and continues to be an area of active discovery and development. Under electrochemical control, it is possible to create coatings of alloys, metals, colloids, magnetic materials, pigments, and nanoparticles or nanostructures of precise composition, thickness, and ordering. Electrodeposited coatings and thin films have served many both protective and decorative functions in commercial products. Electrodeposited films and coating are also essential for microelectronics, biomedical devices, corrosion and wear protection, batteries, photovoltaics, other energy devices, and the development of chemical and biochemical sensors. The long investigated and commercially applied fields of electroplating, electrophoretic deposition, and electroless plating will also be the focus of this book. The more recent area of electrodeposition of nanoparticles has resulted in the formation of surfaces covered by nanoparticles of controlled composition, size, and morphology that have enhanced electrochemical and optical, and plasmonic properties for use in catalysis and sensing. Electrodeposition under precisely controlled conditions has also been used to produce other structures on substrates having unique electrochemical and optical properties. The field of patterned surfaces generated by combining electrodeposition and lithographic methods is also a leading area of basic research and technological development.