Due to the increasing interest in nanoscience, ALD has emerged as a critical technology for depositing precise nanometer-thin films. Typical applications of ALD require the manufacture of very precise nanometer—thin, pinhole—free and conformal thin films on many shapes and geometries. As a result, this technology will be in high demand in volume manufacturing environments and in particular for micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMs), implantable devices in the biomedical sector and batteries and fuel cells in the energy arena. ALD is an enabling technology and provides coatings and material features with significant advantages to other existing techniques.
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