Workshop: PVD and CVD

The deposition of thin films is a key surface engineering technique allowing for the protection and functionalisation of surfaces with high-performance coatings that can be tailored for extreme environments.

Physical and chemical vapour deposition are some of the most popular technologies employed to create thin films.  Oerlikon Balzers began in 1946 and are now a global technology leader in thin-film technologies, they have an extensive porfolio that includes coating services and coating equipment.

In this live workshop, Dr McMaster will:
  • Provide an overview of PVD and CVD technologies.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each technique
  • Explore the various coating families applied by each technique.
After Dr McMaster’s presentation, Marc Herve will present an overview of the services offered by Oerlikon Balzers.


Samuel McMaster completed his PhD in 2020 at the University of Leeds where he investigated the nanomechanical properties of diamond-like carbon coatings to assess tribological performance under the supervision of Prof. Tomasz Liskiewicz, Prof Ben Beake and Prof. Anne Neville. Dr McMaster is currently a Materials Scientist (KTP Associate) at Coventry University and is the Event Manager of Surface Ventures.