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Coatings 2018, 8(8), 260; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings8080260

Electroplating for Decorative Applications: Recent Trends in Research and Development

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Dipartimento di Chimica, Università Degli Studi di Firenze, via Della Lastruccia 3, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
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Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per la Scienza e Tecnologia dei Materiali, via G. Giusti 9, 50121 Firenze, Italy
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Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904, USA
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Dipartimento di Scienze Della Terra, Università Degli Studi di Firenze, via La Pira 4, 50121 Firenze, Italy
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Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale, Università Degli Studi di Firenze, via Santa Marta 3, 50139 Firenze, Italy
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Received: 25 May 2018 / Revised: 18 July 2018 / Accepted: 19 July 2018 / Published: 25 July 2018
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Abstract

Electroplating processes are widely employed in industrial environments for a large variety of metallic coatings, ranging from technological to decorative applications. Even if the galvanic electrodeposition is certainly a mature technology, new concepts, novel applications, environmental legislation and the new material requirements for next-generation devices make the scientific research in this field still very active. This review focuses mostly at the decorative and wearable applications, and aims to create a bridge between the past knowledge and the future direction that this process, i.e., electrodeposition, is taking. Both the theoretical fundamentals as well as some of the most widespread practical applications—limited to metallic and alloy coatings—are explored. As an integral part of the industrial process, we take a look at the main techniques thought which the quality control of deposits and surfaces is carried out. Finally, global industrial performance and research directions towards sustainable solutions are highlighted. View Full-Text
Keywords: galvanic electrodeposition; electroplating; alloy deposition; galvanic industry research and development; metallic film characterization galvanic electrodeposition; electroplating; alloy deposition; galvanic industry research and development; metallic film characterization
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Giurlani, W.; Zangari, G.; Gambinossi, F.; Passaponti, M.; Salvietti, E.; Di Benedetto, F.; Caporali, S.; Innocenti, M. Electroplating for Decorative Applications: Recent Trends in Research and Development. Coatings 2018, 8, 260.

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