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Coating and curing apparatus and methods

United States Patent

April 19, 2016
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Disclosed is a coating apparatus including flow coating and roll-coating that may be used for uniform sol-gel coating of substrates such as glass, solar panels, windows or part of an electronic display. Also disclosed are methods for substrate preparation, flow coating and roll coating. Lastly, systems and methods for curing sol-gel coatings deposited onto the surface of glass substrates using high temperature air-knives, infrared emitters and direct heat applicators are disclosed.
Brophy; Brenor L. (San Jose, CA), Gonsalves; Peter R. (Santa Clara, CA), Maghsoodi; Sina (San Jose, CA), Colson; Thomas E. (Sunnyvale, CA), Yang; Yu S. (Pleasanton, CA), Abrams; Ze'ev R. (Mountain View, CA)
Enki Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
14/ 709,031
May 11, 2015
STATEMENT REGARDING GOVERNMENT FUNDING This invention was made with government support under Contract DE-EE0006810 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.