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Improving The Reliability of Analytical And Sampling Systems in Corrosive Environments

This paper presents laboratory corrosion and chemical inertness test results of SilcoTek®’s CVD coatings, and evaluates their performance in environments common to hydrocarbon processing.

How to Remove Rust from Stainless Steel Before Coating

This paper summarizes methods used by SilcoTek® to remove rust from stainless steel surfaces.

Improving Corrosion Resistance and Sampling Reliability with Inert-Coated Tubing

Testing was conducted to determine the relative corrosion resistance of Hastelloy C-22, commercial 316L SS, commercial tube with fused silica coating.

Coating for Corrosion & Metal Ion Contamination (ASMC 2017 Paper)

This paper discusses how silicon barrier coatings improve corrosion resistance and prevent metal contamination in semiconductor etch processes.

Technical Insight: Corrosion Rate Evaluation of SilcoTek® Coatings

This Technical Insight focuses on using an electrochemical method to gain corrosion rate information.

Technical Insight: Protection Against Organic Solvent Metal Ion Leaching

This Technical Insight will investigate whether Dursan® and other SilcoTek® coatings can prevent metal ions from leaching into pure organic solvents.

Technical Insight: Protection Against Metal Ion Contamination from Titanium and Stainless Steel

In this study titanium is investigated as a substrate for SilcoTek®’s coating prevention of metal ion leaching.

Technical Insight: Organic Solvent Metal Ion Leaching, C-22 Hastelloy

In this Technical Insight we investigate the corrosion and metal contamination of C-22 in pure methanol and the impact that SilcoTek® coatings have on this corrosion.

Technical Insight: Metal Ion Leaching in Deionized Water

We test ultrapure DI water to see if the corrosion patterns follow the methanol studies.

Technical Insight: Acetonitrile Metal Ion Leaching

We test HPLC grade acetonitrile for metal ion leaching to see how it may compare to other typical solvents.

Technical Insight: Alloy MP35N Metal Ion Leaching

We investigate the metal ion leaching of MP35N in pure methanol, water, and acetonitrile.

Technical Insight: Sodium Hydroxide, Base Exposure Resistance Testing

This Technical Insight explores the impact of 5% sodium hydroxide (NaOH) solution on four SilcoTek coatings.

Adsorption Desorption Effects And Their Influence On Process Analytical Measurements

This paper presents laboratory corrosion and chemical inertness test results for a variety of chemically deposited coatings.

Performance of Total Sulfur Analysis in Refinery Flare Vent Gas Systems

This paper will discuss the method to extract and sample the process stream with minimal loss or adsorption of the analyte and provide data for on-line total sulfur and HHV analysis.

Presentation: A Review of Coatings Used to Improve Reliability in Sampling Equipment

Learn about SilcoNert® 2000 applications and benefits.

Presentation: The Analysis of Trace Level Sulfurs in Beverage Grade CO2

A review of packed column analysis of sulfur in beverage grade CO2.

Presentation: The Preparation of Low Concentration Hydrogen Sulfide Standards

Learn about sulfur adsorption rate in stainless steel sample cylinders and how to minimize sample loss.

Presentation: Analysis of Low-Level 1ppb to 20ppb Reactive Sulfurs in Air Sample

Analysis of low level sulfur stability in air sampling canisters and sampling cylinders. Sulfur VOC analysis in 1-20 ppbv range.

Presentation: Trace Level Sulfur Analysis in Refinery, Beverage and Environmental Applications

A review of trace level analysis of sulfur in refinery, beverage grade CO2, and environmental emissions analysis applications.

Presentation: The Do's and Don’ts in the Analysis of Sulfur for Polyolefin Producers

Get tips on how to accurately sample and test trace sulfur in GC analytical systems for refinery and process applications.

Presentation: Evaluation of System Surfaces in Low Level Sulfur Analysis

An overview of coating performance for sulfur analysis, active compound analysis, corrosion resistance, moisture resistance, UHV, and anti-coking applications.

Advanced Gassification Mercury/Trace Metal Control With Monolith Traps

This paper discusses ways to test mercury emissions from syngas sorbent samples. Inert coatings are used to minimize adsorption.

Mercury Management and Chemical Decontamination

This whitepaper presents data from two separate analytical and chemical bench tests, designed to first measure baseline mercury mass and concentrations and then quantify the subsequent reductions from chemical processes as measured primarily by atomic fluorescence spectrometry.

Presentation: Comparision of Surface Composition on Stability of Mercury Transfer and Holding

This presentation will discuss the need for inert system components when testing mercury. Prevent mercury loss and surface adsorption during holding and transfer.

Sampling and Analytical Methods

This paper discusses development of an arsine gas, selenium (as hydrogen selenide), and mercury (as elemental mercury) Analytical Method for Reducing Flue Gas Environments. A sampling protocol will be developed including sample-conditioning solutions that will convert the desired species into a form suitable for CEMs.

Presentation: Adsorption of Ammonia on Metal and Polymer Surfaces

This presentation compares adsorption rates of ammonia on metal, coated metal, and polymer surfaces.

Improving Ammonia Reference Standards with Inert Coatings

In this report, researchers tested a number of different cylinder types by performing a series of decant tests at the 100 and 10 µmol/mol levels. They showed that adsorption of ammonia molecules on cylinder walls was minimised when the internal surfaces of stainless steel cylinders were passivated using the SilcoNert 2000® treatment.

Presentation: The Use of Coatings to Improve Reliability for Ammonia

This presentation discusses multiple design factors to maximize system performance and reliability. Including surface inertness in ammonia sampling and other applications.

Technical Insight: SilcoNert® 2000 on Aluminum for Measuring Ammonia

Researchers looking to develop an ammonia detection system investigated the use of anodized aluminum and SilcoNert® 2000 coated aluminum.

Technical Insight: Iodine Vapor Exposure Testing of SilcoTek® Coatings

NASA has developed an experiment to study the interaction between iodine and a variety of common spacecraft materials. In their tests, they have included Silcolloy® and Dursan®-coated coupons for evaluation.

Technical Insight: Enhance Sensitivity, Reliability, Reproducbility and Accuracy of Analytical Instruments

This paper presents laboratory corrosion and chemical inertness test results of SilcoTek®’s CVD coatings, and evaluates their performance in environments common to the petrochemical, refining and offshore industries.

Presentation: Passivation of Components Used for Sample Transfer and Holding

This presentation reviews sampling methods and results for trace level analysis of sulfur and sulfur containing compounds in various applications.

Mass Transport in Sample Transport Lines Adsorption Desorption Effects And Their Influence On Process Analytical Measurement

This paper will discuss theoretical and practical analysis of factors and design guidelines used to minimize sample loss and adsorption in analytical sampling systems.

Technical Insight: Characterizing the Performance of Surface Modifications that Enhance Sensitivity, Reliability, Reproducbility and Accuracy of Analytical Instruments

This Technical Insight presents laboratory corrosion and chemical inertness test results of SilcoTek®’s CVD coatings, and evaluates their performance in environments common to the petrochemical, refining and offshore industries.

Comparative Analysis of Tekmar 3000 and 3100 Purge and Trap Sample Concentrators

A comprehensive study is performed of SilcoTek® coated and uncoated surfaces utilized on both the Tekmar 3100 and Tekmar 3000 Sample Concentrators and the results are compared.

Technical Insight: Relative Response Time of TrueTube™ When Measuring Moisture Content in a Sample Stream

This Technical Insight will determine relative response times of commercial 316L SS tubing, electropolished 316L SS tubing, and SilcoNert® coated electropolished 316L SS tubing for the transmission of sample streams containing low concentrations of moisture.

Characterizing Performance and Reliability in Analytical Instruments

This paper presents laboratory corrosion and chemical inertness test results for a variety of chemically deposited coatings.

Contact Angle Evaluation of SilcoTek® Depositions

This report will evaluate and discuss the significance of contact angle data for two different liquids on a variety of SilcoTek® surfaces. SilcoNert® 2000, SilcoKlean®, Silcolloy®, Dursan® and a Dursan-based prototype will be highlighted.

Technical Insight: Relative Response Time When Measuring Moisture Content in a Sample Stream

This report will determine relative response times of commercial 316L SS tubing, electropolished 316L SS tubing, and SilcoNert®-coated electropolished 316L SS tubing for the transmission of sample streams containing low concentrations of moisture.

A Comparison of Coatings Used to Enhance the Moisture Performance of Analyzer Flow Paths

This paper will review test data and recommend coating compatibility for moisture and moisture related adsorptive effects in continuous emission monitor (CEM) flow paths.

How to Effectively Remove Light Rust From Stainless Steel Surfaces

This report discusses methods for removing rust from stainless steel surfaces.

Electronic Property Characterization of SilcoTek® Coatings

This report tests and discusses the electrical properties of SilcoTek® coatings.

Impact of Substrate Imperfections on the Appearance of SilcoTek®’s Coatings

This whitepaper discusses the various types of surface defects that contribute to an imperfect coating appearance, and how SilcoTek® may or may not be able to improve the appearances on these parts.

Selection Guide, Sample Transport Tubing

This guide highlights factors to consider when selecting tubing and surface properties for sample transport in analytical applications.

Coating Electropolished Surfaces

This whitepaper discusses electropolish frosting and its effect on coating quality.

Material Characterization Capabilities

This white paper aims to provide a brief introduction of different materials characterization techniques available to SilcoTek®, both in-house and through Penn State University, to give our customers a glimpse of the possibilities.

Characterization of Novel Carboxysilane Depositions on Stainless Steel Substrates

This presentation highlights the performance of Dursan® coated surfaces in various applications including moisture analysis, inertness, and corrosion resistance.

Solder & Braze Technical Insight

This Technical Insight provides information about brazing and soldering as well as guidelines for treating brazed or soldered parts with SilcoTek®’s chemical vapor deposition coating process.

Autoclave and Steam Impact to SilcoTek® Coatings

This Technical Insight is a summary of findings on the effect of autoclave exposure on various surfaces offered by Silcotek®, using contact angles, thickness, and FT-IR spectroscopy as characterization methods.

Technical Insight: Protein Resistant Properties of a Chemical Vapor Deposited Coating

The authors of this paper examined Dursan® as an alternative coating solution that may prevent non-specific protein adsorption to surfaces.

Technical Insight: SilcoTek® Protective Coatings in a Venusian (Pure Supercritical CO2) Atmosphere

This Technical Insight discusses NASA's efforts to study coatings for protection against supercritical CO2 atmospheres found in nuclear plants or in a Venusian atmosphere.

Coating Anodized Aluminum Surfaces Technical Insight

This Technical insight will discuss the impact of anodization and hard anodization on aluminum surface finish, and how they may affect the success of SilcoTek®’s coating processes.

Emissivity of SilcoTek® Coatings on Elgiloy

This Technical Insight will discuss how our coatings impact Elgiloy (cobalt, chrome, nickel alloy) and its emissivity to solar radiation.

SilcoTek® Coatings in Oxygen Service

This Technical Insight will discuss the suitability of SilcoTek® coatings for use in oxygen service applications.

Mechanical testing of Coated, Uncoated, and Thermal Treated 316 SS

This Technical Insight studies metallurgical testing of tensile strength, impact resistance and hardness on untreated 316 stainless steel, Dursan® coated 316 stainless, and 316 stainless exposed to the Dursan heat profile under a nitrogen atmosphere.

Improved Thermal Stability of Silcolloy® Coating

This Technical Insight discusses SilcoTek®’s recent improvements on this front to deliver a more thermally stable Silcolloy® coating.

Impact of Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) on SilcoTek®'s Coating Properties

This Technical Insight will discuss details of why certain EDM processes are incompatible with our coating technology.

Analysis of Solid Deposits from Thermal Stressing of a JP-8 Fuel on Different Surfaces in a Flow Reactor

This paper discusses how SilcoTek® coatings perform under carbon fouling conditions.

Deposition from High Temperature Jet Fuels

This paper explores mitigating thermal stability problems, where a single-tube heat exchanger is used to assess thermal-oxidative and pyrolytic deposition from high temperature jet fuels.

Presentation: High Heat Sink Fuels Program

This presentation discusses how SilcoTek® coatings help to minimize carbon fouling under test conditions of JP-8 fuels.

Penn State Multi-Discipline Tribology Group and Energy Institute Studies

This study discusses the impact of coatings and various fuels have on carbon fouling and soot formation in various test engines.

Presentation: High Vacuum Applications of Silicon-Based Coatings on Stainless Steel

This presentation compares the outgassing rate and pump down of coated and uncoated stainless steel UHV chambers.

Coating for Corrosion & Metal Ion Contamination

This paper discusses how SilcoTek® silicon barrier coatings protect against corrosion in high purity applications.

Presentation: Low Outgassing of Silicon-Based Coatings on Stainless Steel Surfaces for Vacuum Applications

This presentation compares the pump down rate of coated and uncoated UHV chambers.

Use of Inert CVD Coating for Protein, Corrosion, and Moisture Resistance in Bioanalysis Applications

This paper will introduce Dursan® [1, 2], a siliconoxygen-carbon (carboxysilicon) coating that provides biochemical inertness, a low affinity for adsorbing proteins and other bio-molecules, corrosion resistance, and low energy properties to stainless steel and other substrates.

Technical Insight: Protein Resistant Properties of Dursan®

The authors of this paper examined Dursan® as an alternative coating solution to minimize protein binding and surface adsorption.

Technical Insight: Dursan® Process Achieves USP Class VI Certification

This Technical Insight will discuss the details of this test, and the results of an investigation into samples that were coated with Dursan® and subjected to Class VI testing.

Technical Insight: Dursan®’s Use in the Food and Beverage Industry: A Walk Through of the Beer Brewing Process

In this Technical Insight we will focus on what a coating could potentially do in the food and beverage industry if metal ions can be blocked from entering the product.

Biomass Waste to Jet Fuels: How Dursan® Assists in Making New Sustainable Fuels

This Technical Insight will explore a recent publication that investigates kinetics and reactor design for the ketonization process and where Dursan® can aid in better conversion rates.

SilcoTek® 101

A comprehensive overview of SilcoTek® and its patented CVD coating process. Questions about how we can improve the performance of parts? What markets we serve? Ideal applications for using our coatings? This e-book answers your questions.

Keys to a High-Performance Analytical System

This e-book features tips about how to improve your analytical sampling system. The e-book features signs your analytical system is not performing optimally and how to tell if a flow path is inert (and why it matters).

An Introduction to Inert Coatings

Learn how to ensure your sampling system always delivers maximum reliability. This e-book contains tips on how to improve product performance with inert coatings and how to improve surface performance over passivation.

SilcoTek®Corrosion Resistant CVD Coatings

Get corrosion resistance data on a wide range of coatings and materials. See how SilcoTek® coatings can improve the corrosion resistance of your products by 10x or more.

An Introduction To SilcoTek®, Our Coatings, and Benefits

A review of SilcoTek® and our coatings, applications, and benefits.

Improve Reliability and Accuracy of Sulfur, Mercury and NOx Sampling and Analysis Equipment

A review of how silicon coating improve the reliability and accuracy of sampling systems used in sulfur, mercury, NOx, and ammonia testing in exhaust, CEMS, and flare gas streams.

Gas Chromatography

Learn how coatings like SilcoNert® and Dursan® improve instrument sensitivity, response, and efficiency.

Liquid Chromatography

LC instruments benefit from coatings like Dursan® by improving flow path bio inertness, creating an iron free surface, and preventing unwanted protein interaction with the flow path surface.

CVD Coatings for Medical Devices

Learn how SilcoTek® is helping customers in the medical device and diagnostics industry to solve their component surface problems successfully by using our Dursan® coating technology.


This test immerses two stainless steel ladles in hydrochloric acid (HCl). Will the Silco'd ladle from SilcoTek® corrode?


SilcoNert® has been improving the quality and accuracy of analytical applications with its inert chemical resistance for over 15 years.

Protect Your Steel With Dursan®

Discover the durability, corrosion resistance, moisture resistance and inertness of Dursan®.

SilcoTek®'s Most Frequently Asked Questions - Answered

Get answers to commonly asked questions about SilcoTek® coatings.

Leveraging the SilcoTek® Partner Network to Make Your Coating Process Easy

Learn how to make the most out of our partner network and make buying and using our coatings easier. Learn how to become a partner to increase part quality and sales.

An Inside Look at SilcoTek®'s Coating Process

Learn about how our coatings are applied to your products. Take an informative walk through the coating process and learn how to improve your products.

Reducing Adhesion of Proteins in Medical Diagnostic Equipment with Dursan®

Learn how SilcoTek® coatings help to prevent bio fouling and protein adhesion in medical diagnostic and HPLC applications.

Dursan® for HPLC Helps Shepard Industries Achieve Inert and Robust Stainless Steel Components

Learn how SilcoTek® coatings help to improve trace analysis and corrosion resistance in process mass spectrometry applications.

How an Oil & Gas Tool Company Improved Downhole Sampling Worldwide

Learn how an oil and gas tool company improved downhole sampling accuracy and test reliability worldwide.

Improving the Injection Molding of PVC Plastic Face Masks with Dursan® Coated Molds

SilcoTek® worked with a customer to solve adhesion problems. The Dursan® coating technology lowered surface energy and increased hydrophobicity.

Preventing Adhesion in Demolding on Stainless Steel and Glass with Dursan® Technology

SilcoTek® worked with a customer to solve adhesion problems with the Dursan® coating technology to lower surface energy and increase hydrophobicity.

Lubricious Dursan® Improves VERIS Verabar® Sensor Lifetime in Corrosion- and Fouling-Prone Power Application

Learn How SilcoTek® helped Armstrong International reduce maintenance and cost of operation while increasing power generation capabilities.

Saving Time and Money with Precise and Consistent Sulfur Measurement

SilcoTek® partnered with ALI to help improve the quality and accuracy of sulfur contamination in beverage grade CO2.

Reducing Listeria Formations on Stainless Steel with Dursan® Coating Technology

SilcoTek® coatings were featured in a study in Food Control journal describing how to prevent the formation of listeria on stainless steel.

Preventing Exhaust Buildup on a Classic 1967 Jaguar using the Dursan® Coating Process

How SilcoTek® coated exhaust headers on a vintage car to eliminate coking and engine buildup.

SilcoTek® Improves RMC Coating Lead Times with Kanban System

Learn how SilcoTek® helped RMC Manufacturing reduce lead time and improve supply chain efficiency.

Review of Coatings Used to Improve Reliability and Accuracy of Mercury and Sulfur Sampling Systems

This presentation discusses how SilcoNert® and Dursan® improve sampling reliability and accuracy for mercury, sulfur, and ammonia testing.

Inert CVD Coatings for Analytical Applications

A review of coating applications in analytical chemistry, environmental sampling, process analytical, HPLC, and refinery monitoring.

Amorphous Silicon Coatings for Control of Corrosion and Metal Ion Contamination

Learn how silicon coatings benefit semiconductor manufacturing by improving corrosion resistance and reducing metal ion contamination.

Improved Vacuum System Throughput, Inertness, and Corrosion Resistance

See how SilcoTek® Coatings improve vacuum pump down performance, reduce outgassing, improve hydrophobicity and corrosion resistance of vacuum and UHV components.

SilcoTek® Technology Designing Surfaces for Performance

Learn about our coatings, our technology, and applications.

High Purity Coatings from Science to Performance

Learn how SilcoTek® high purity coatings can improve the performance of your products and process. Get coating performance data and see how our high purity silicon coatings improve stainless steel surfaces.

Improve Moisture Dry-Down and Corrosion Resistance with SilcoTek®

Learn how SilcoTek® coatings are used to repel water and prevent corrosion and cross contamination.

Sulfur Compound Sampling, Storage, and Transfer using SilcoNert®2000, The Ultimate Inert Coating

Learn how labs and refineries are able to reliably detect ultra low sulfur, even after days and weeks of storage.

Prevent Mercury Loss During Transport and Storage with SilcoNert®2000

Learn how an inert surface can improve trace mercury detection in stack sampling systems.

Bio-Inert Coatings for Medical Devices

SilcoTek® coatings for medical devices and diagnostic instruments prevent flow path contamination, corrosion and carryover. Our coatings reduce test failures and false positive errors.

SilcoTek® Coatings and In Vitro Diagnostic Probes

SilcoTek®’s Dursan® technology improves corrosion resistance while reducing protein carryover and contamination. Dursan® has been rigorously tested to ensure proper performance and to earn an NSF Certification and a USP Class VI Certification.

SilcoTek® Coatings for the Hydrogen Economy

SilcoTek® coatings are used to improve detection of contaminants in hydrogen production flow paths, helping to prevent catalyst damage and improving production efficiency.

Reliable Sampling at the Well or in the Refinery

Learn how to improve sample test quality and reliability in sample flow path surfaces.

Upgrade Produced Water Processes with SilcoTek® Coating Solutions

Learn how SilcoTek® coatings can improve durability and corrosion resistance of surfaces exposed to corrosives like produced water.

SilcoTek® Coatings Improve Reliability, Lower Costs, and Ensure Compliance at your Refinery

Get an overview of how inert coatings can improve performance and reliability of refinery and petrochemical sampling systems.

Ensure Tier 3 Sulfur Regulation Compliance with SilcoTek® Coatings

Learn how CVD coatings can improve the reliability of ultra low sulfur testing.

U.S. EPA Method 325 Ensure Fenceline Monitoring Compliance with SilcoTek® Coatings

Learn how SilcoTek® coatings can improve VOC detection in fenceline monitoring applications.

Corrosion Resistant CVD Coatings

Learn how CVD coatings can prevent corrosive attack even in high tolerance applications like seals, and precision filters.

Metal Contamination: SilcoTek® Coatings Versus Alloy C-22

Learn how Dursan® coated alloy C-22 can prevent metal ion leaching and corrosive attack in analytical systems.

Non-Stick CVD Coatings Surface Solutions for Better Performance and More Uptime

Learn how our non stick surfaces can prevent heat exchanger and filter fouling and help to improve mold release.

CVD Coatings for Plastics Molding

Learn how SilcoTek® is helping customers in the plastics molding industry solve their surface problems successfully by using our Dursan® coating technology on their metal molds.

Game-Changing Surface Technology for your Next-Generation Products

Learn how SilcoTek® coatings can prevent contamination, improve corrosion resistance and improve process yield.

CVD Coatings Required for Success in the Semiconductor Industry

Learn how our chemical vapor deposition coatings have helped customers solve surface issues like corrosion, contamination, durability, and more.

CVD Coatings for Packaging Equipment

SilcoTek® is helping OEM and end-users in the packaging equipment market to minimize the need for costly part replacement and production line downtime using our Dursan® coating technology.

Bending SilcoTek®-coated Tubing

Will bending SilcoTek® treated tubing affect chemical inertness? Learn about the recommended tubing bend radii to ensure an inert surface throughout the tube.

Acceptable Appearance of SilcoTek®’s Coatings

This application brief will explain the reason behind the appearance of our coatings and how it falls into our acceptable specifications.

SilcoTek®’s Optimized Coating Process for Aluminum and Other Metals

SilcoTek® has an optimized process for coating Aluminum parts in order to ensure the same quality coating that is always provided by SilcoTek on other substrates. Learn about our SP12 process.

Hydrophobic Coating Demonstration

See the superior water resistance of SilcoTek®'s hydrophobic CVD coating.

Heat Resistance Demonstration

Watch as we turn up the heat on Dursan®. Will the coating fail under intense heat?

Low Temperature Demonstration

We drop the temperature to see if Dursan® can withstand cracking and peeling. How low can Dursan go?

Coating Flexibility Demonstration

We bend, smash and try our best to break our CVD coatings. See how SilcoTek® coatings remain intact even under extreme stress.

Abrasion Resistance Demonstration

We test the abrasion resistance of Dursan®. Will it remain bonded to the stainless steel surface?

A Step-by-Step Guide to SilcoTek® Coating Care and Cleaning

Get tips on how to keep your coating surface at peak performance.

How to choose the right SilcoTek® Coating for your Application

Learn how to select the best coating for your application.

When to Choose SilcoTek's Dursan® Coating

Learn about how Dursan® performs under corrosion, inertness and other conditions.

How to get the Most from an Inert Coating

Learn how to get the optimum performance from your coating.

How to Improve your Liquid and Gas Chromatography with Inert Coatings

Learn how to improve analytical performance in HPLC and gas chromatography systems.

Metal-Free HPLC with Dursan® Bio-Inert Coating

Learn how Dursan® provides an inert and metal free flow path in HPLC applications.

Achieving Metal Free HPLC Analysis with a Bio-inert CVD Coating

Learn how Dursan® provides a superior metal free flow path in HPLC applications.

Bioinert and Biocompatible: CVD Coatings for the Medical Industry

Learn how SilcoTek® coatings can improve bio inertness and prevent carryover and contamination.

Metal Ion Leaching May Be Affecting Your Analytical Results in HPLC

Learn how metal ion leaching can lead to contamination and poor analytical results in HPLC systems.

Metal-Free HPLC for Better Analytical Results

Learn how to get better analytical results from your HPLC system with SilcoTek® coated flow paths.

Corrosion Resistant Coatings - Unleashing the Potential of Stainless Steel

Learn how SilcoTek® coatings can improve the corrosion resistance of stainless steel and other alloys.

When to Use a SilcoTek® Coating in Corrosive Environments

Learn when to use coatings and when to consider alternatives in corrosive environments.

Coatings for the Semiconductor Industry

Learn how SilcoTek® coatings can prevent contamination, reduce corrosion, and increase component life.

A SilcoTek Webinar: CVD Coatings for Semiconductor Fabrication

Learn about coating applications in the semiconductor fabrication process.

CVD Coatings for State of the Art Semiconductor Fabrication

Get the latest in advanced coating applications for semiconductor fabrication processes

Solving Surface Fouling with New Non-Stick CVD Coatings

Learn how SilcoTek® non-stick coatings improve fouling resistance in process, automotive and aerospace applications.

Coating Care Guide

CVD coating care tips to optimize performance and coating life.

Coating Care Webinar

Watch our coating care webinar to get the complete story on how to get the most out of SilcoTek® coatings.

Coating Properties

A quick reference guide highlighting key coating properties and their applications.

Material Compatibility

A reference of surface compatibility with our coatings. Learn about material compatibility with our coating process.

Chemical Compatibility

A quick reference guide about chemical compatibility with our coatings.

Managing Challenging Sampling Environments

Learn how to sample and test successfully in challenging environments. Manage moisture, corrosion and reactive compounds with inert coatings for your instrumentation and sampling systems while getting reliable and accurate results.

Troubleshooting and Protecting the Sampling System

Get our tips and strategies for solving industrial sampling problems. Learn how to solve sample cylinder inertness problems and sample transfer problems while improving sample transfer reliability in process and analytical systems.

Medical Application E-book

Learn how to achieve better bioanalytical results with SilcoTek® coatings. Our coatings e-book will discuss how Dursan® and other CVD coatings improve material performance and how inert coatings are ideal for bioanalytical and medical diagnostic applications.

SilcoTek® Coating Properties E-Book

A comprehensive analysis of coating characteristics and properties.

Coatings for Enhanced Heat Exchanger and Filtration E-book

Download the Heat Exchanger and Filtration e-book to learn how coatings can improve system fouling and corrosion resistance.

Silicon Coatings for Semiconductor and Electronics Manufacturing

Learn how high purity silicon coatings can improve corrosion resistance and prevent contamination in semiconductor and electronics manufacturing.

Removing Oil and Grease From Coated Surfaces

Watch how to remove oil and grease from a coated surface. And watch how the coating seems to disappear and reappear!

Coating Sonication

Watch how particulates can be removed by sonication and understand the limits of ultrasonic cleaning.

How to Remove Rust From Stainless Steel

Surface preparation is an important factor in providing a durable, long lasting coating. Learn how to prepare stainless steel surfaces by removing rust contamination.

Introductory Presentation, SilcoTek® 101

Read our introductory presentation and learn about our CVD coating process and how our coatings can benefit your products and process.

Coating Applications Guide

A quick reference highlighting industry applications for our coatings.

Coating Properties Quick Reference Guide

A review of the properties and performance of our coatings. Compare and select the right coating for your application.

SilcoNert® 1000 Data Sheet

Get SilcoNert® 1000 performance and application data.

SilcoNert® 2000 Data Sheet

Get SilcoNert® 2000 performance and application data.

Dursan® Data Sheet

Get Dursan® performance and application data.

Silcolloy® 1000 Data Sheet

Get Silcolloy® 1000 performance and application data.

SilcoKlean® 1000 Data Sheet

Get SilcoKlean® 1000 performance and application data.

SilcoGuard® Data Sheet

Get SilcoGuard® performance and application data.

Dursox® Data Sheet

Get Dursox® performance and application data.

Notak® Data Sheet

Get Notak® performance and application data.

Coating Parts with Silver Plating

This paper discusses the compatibility of silver plating with the SilcoNert® coating process.

What's the Advantage of Preheating my Stainless Steel Parts for Coating Service?

SilcoTek® recommends customers who use coated stainless-steel parts in high temperature applications (over 450°C) to preheat the parts prior to sending them in for coating. This recommendation was based primarily on the knowledge of metal sensitization but lacked actual data support. This technical insight provides experimental data to show when and how preheating before coating may benefit high temperature applications.

Preventing Corrosion and Contamination in Samsung Scrubbers Systems with Siltride

When Samsung reached out concerning corrosion in their gas abatement systems (exhaust scrubbers), SilcoTek® jumped at the opportunity to help them create a game-changing system.

Improving Corrosion Resistance and Reducing Cost

Turner Designs Hydrocarbon Instruments Inc. found that SilcoTek® coatings met their customer’s need for a low cost corrosion resistant coating able to stand up to harsh environments found in oil and gas exploration.

Saving Time and Product in a Corrosive Filling System with Dursan® Coating Technology

The ASEA® manufacturing facility was experiencing corrosion in their fill system that could not be combated with a nickel PTFE coating.

Ensuring Reliable and Repeatable Testing of BTEX Compounds with SilcoNert® 2000

SilcoTek® is proud to work together with Smith Analytical to ensure they can provide their customer with a high quality and reliable analytical system.

Ensuring Accurate Analysis in a Process Mass Spectrometer with SilcoNert® 2000

When building a process mass spectrometer sampling system for a customer, Control Analytics, Inc. turned to SilcoTek® to ensure they produce the most reliable and accurate system.

Spacecraft Atmosphere Monitor (S.A.M.): SilcoTek® helping humans get to the moon again

The Spacecraft Atmosphere Monitor (S.A.M.) system is designed to monitor the atmosphere within the spacecraft to ensure the astronauts are not breathing harmful chemical compounds. This TI walks through the system’s past, present, and future with SilcoTek.

Improving Corrosion Resistance of PVC Molds with Dursan® Coating Technology

SilcoTek® coatings are used in a variety of applications for altering surface energy and providing corrosion protection. In this case study, the customer experienced problems with their stainless steel molds including release complications and mold corrosion.

Dursan® versus PEEK

An inert flow path is mandatory in modern HPLC analysis in order to manage the complex and reactive samples commonly used in today’s fast-paced analytical world. Modern LC systems feature an array of materials including costly alloys and polymers like PEEK to achieve inertness, but these materials come with their own set of limitations.

Protection Against Metal Ion Leaching due to Organic Solvent Exposure

The complete listing of our metal ion leaching series.

Dursan’s Successful Integration Into a Customized Mold System

The aim of this paper was to develop a mass-production capable and cost effective manufacturing process for polymer films with multifunctional surfaces. This TI is an executive summary of a proceeding from euspen’s 22nd International Conference & Exhibition held in Geneva in May and June of 2022.

Inert CVD Coating Comparison: Does the Supplier Matter?

Are all “inert” silicon-based CVD coatings the same? According to the data, the answer is an emphatic no. If our 30+ year reputation isn’t enough, the objective studies in this literature prove that when quality and performance really matter, SilcoTek® is the only trusted source for the most inert coatings available.

Pin-on-disk Test Results of SilcoTek Coatings

This TI reports the results of pin-on-disk wear tests of five SilcoTek® coatings: Silcolloy® 1000, Dursan®, SiltrideSM, RD13 and RD14, along with uncoated control samples. Results from twosets of test conditions were reported, and samples were analyzed with profilometry, SEM and EDS techniques to obtain wear track volumes and coating integrity information afterwear. The tested coatings were ranked in terms of wear performance based on the analysis results.

Inertness comparison of electropolished and non-electropolished 316 surfaces with coated and non-coated variants

This TI compares the chemical inertness of electropolished (EP) stainless steel tubing without coating to SilcoNert 2000-coated, non-electropolished tubing using gas chromatography. SilcoNert 2000-coated stainless steel tubing significantly outperforms uncoated electropolished tubing for analyzing low levels of sulfur compounds and was equally as inert as the SilcoNert 2000-coated EP surface.

Enhance Process Sampling Accuracy and Safety with SilcoTek Coatings and SENSOR Sampling Systems

SilcoTek partnered with SOR Controls Group to provide metal ion leaching and corrosion solutions for their customers interested in coated sampling systems. By providing a cost-efficient and quick solution, SilcoTek was the perfect match for their sampling system problems.

How Porous Are Our Coatings?

SilcoTek® offers coatings for a variety of industries and an even wider variety of applications. We often are asked “how porous are your coatings?” The short answer is “they are not porous”, but the long answer will be described here.

Improve Analytical Results with Metal-Free HPLC Components

LCGC® Webcast partnered with SilcoTek's Dr. Jesse Bischof, who discusses the advantages of bioinert equipment used for analytical gas chromotography applications. He demonstrates how Dursan prevents metal ion leaching in a variety of solvents. Preventing metal ions from interacting with chromatography results in better analysis.

Silcolloy® 2000 Data Sheet

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Electrostatic Safety Test of Dursan Coating

SilcoTek's Dursan coating underwent an electrostatic safety test by Dekra Testing. No discharge or charge transfer was observed, confirming its safety according to IEC standards. The coating is considered electrostatically safe on metallic substrates with the specified thickness.

Illustrating Coating Thickness

This technical insight provides an overview of SilcoTek's coating processes, emphasizing the unique nature of the Notak surface modification. While traditional coatings have measurable thickness, Notak binds molecules to the substrate surface, forming an ultra-thin layer that is challenging to measure. By comparing the thickness of Notak, CVD coatings, and a human hair, the document highlights the dramatic difference in scale. Despite its minute thickness, Notak's molecular-level modification has a significant impact on surface properties, while SilcoTek's thinner coatings have proven transformative for customer parts, showcasing the intriguing and powerful potential of surface science.

SilcoTek Coatings for Pure Gas Delivery

Learn how SilcoTek's coatings can help in pure gas delivery with metal ion contamination prevention and reduce equipment replacement.

Improving Mercury Detection with Equinor in Europe’s Largest Methanol Production Plant

During the installation of the mercury removal unit, Equinor's mercury detection analyzers were upgraded using SilcoTek’s CVD coatings to ensure a robust and accurate system. When Wood contacted SilcoTek for our coating technology, we were proud to assist in helping ensure accurate mercury analysis while working within a tight deadline to prevent a delay in the re-opening in the methanol plant.

Issues with Metals in Nucleotide Based Pharmaceutical Production

Nucleotide-based pharmaceuticals are a relatively new, but rapidly growing therapeutic modality. Metals and metal ions can interact with nucleotide-based therapeutics in a variety of negative ways. Eliminating these negative interactions can be accomplished by coating the stainless steel commonly used in both production and purification equipment for these molecules. This TI will discuss a brief history and background of nucleotide therapeutics, how metals can negatively impact their production, and how Dursan can help alleviate these issues.

Siltride® 1000 Data Sheet

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Introducing Siltride: A SilcoTek Webinar Event

Nik Snyder, SilcoTek Technical Sales Specialist, presents our newest CVD coating technology, Siltride. Mr. Snyder explains how and why Siltride CVD technology was developed, what makes Siltride different and the data explaining how it could solve your surface problems, and how our customers are reacting to their success with Siltride, including a case study with Samsung.