Thin films, coatings and applications

Course Name: 

Thin films, coatings and applications (MT417)


B.Tech (MME)




Programme Specific Electives (PSE)

Credits (L-T-P): 


Course Outcomes: 

CO1: A complete understanding of thin film growth kinetics in physical vapour deposition. Basic principles of different vapour deposition techniques
CO2: Methodology of solution processed coating
CO3: Physical and microstructural properties of thin films/coatings
CO4: Processes and properties of hard coatings for metallurgical applications. Thin films devices

Course modules and teaching hours: 

MODULE I (15 hours): Need for miniaturization, Basics of thin film, Brief review of kinetic theory of adsorption, desorption, film growth: nucleation and growth kinetics. Vacuum science and technology, vacuum pumps, surface: role of substrate surface, substrate cleaning. Epitaxy, thin film growth control, physical vapor deposition (PVD) processes, evaporation: thermal and e-beam. Principles of glow discharge and various sputtering processes. Fundamentals of Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) processes. Pulsed laser deposition (PLD)

MODULE II (8 hours): Other techniques: electro-deposition, spin coating, sol-gel, Langmuir Blodgett (LB) techniques, SILAR technique, Doctor blade technique, printing

MODULE III (5 hours): Basic thin film thickness measurement, microstructural characterization of films/coating

MODULE IV (10 hours): Hard coating: physical, mechanical and protective properties, Applications: high hardness, corrosion resistance, biocompatibility and high temperature stability. Thin film devices: optoelectronic devices, photo-detectors, solar cells


Milton Ohring, Materials Science of Thin Films, 2nd Edition, Academic Press, 2001
Hartmut Frey and Hamid R Khan, Handbook of Thin Film Technology, Springer,2016
K. L. Chopra & L. K. Malhotra, Thin film Technology and Application, Tata McGraw-Hill, 1985
Peter M. Martin, Handbook of Deposition Technologies for Films and Coatings, Elsevier, 1994
Sam Zhang, Nanostructured Thin Films and Coating, CRC Press, 2010
Narendra B. Dahotre and T.S. Sudarshan, Intermetallic and Ceramics Coatings, Mercel Dekker Inc., 1999
L. Tushinsky, I. Kovensky, A. Plokhov, V. Sindeyev, P. Reshedko, Coated Metal, Springer, 2002


Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Total teaching hours: 


Contact us

Dr. Kumkum Banerjee, Head
Department of MME, NITK, Surathkal
P. O. Srinivasnagar, Mangaluru - 575 025
Karnataka, India.
  • Hot line: +91-0824-2473050

Contact details for Placements and Internships


Faculty Co-ordinator: Dr. Saumen Mandal 

Student Co-ordinator: Yoganath P