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Review: Optimization and Microstructural Analysis of Electrochemically Deposited Selective Solar Absorber Coatings

Research Area: Nanofabrication Year: 1986
Type of Publication: Article Keywords: electrodeposition, photothermal collector coatings
Authors: O. T. Inal; Axel Scherer
Journal: Journal of Materials Science Volume: 21
Number: 3 Pages: 729-736
Month: March
The literature on microstructural analysis of the most common selective electrodeposits is reviewed, and the advantages and limitations of surface analysis techniques for each of the overlayers are discussed. The structures included in this review are overlayers of black chrome, black zinc, copper oxide, black cobalt, black nickel, iron oxide and pigmented aluminium oxide coatings. The optical properties and their dependence on the deposition parameters, as well as the results of optimization experiments made on these parameters, before and after heat-treatment, are also described. Finally, future work necessary for a more complete description of the coating structures, in particular through the application of optical modelling, is outlined.
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