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Platinum Plating

Platinum Plating Services for Advanced Manufacturers

Platinizing, or Platinum electroplating, is the process of coating a substrate in platinum or platinum metal oxides. 

Platinum is the single-most efficient catalyst on the periodic table for separating oxygen and hydrogen ions from water. This makes platinum an intriguing material to work with for professionals in the PEM Electrolyzer, Green hydrogen, and clean energy industries.  

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Platinum Plating, Platinized Titanium, & the Future of Clean Energy

One of the most notable industry uses of platinum plating is the use of platinized titanium components in PEM Electrolyzers. PEM Electrolyzers are electrochemical units that aid in the separation of water into pure hydrogen and oxygen molecules. PEM electrolyzers are also powered solely through wind turbines and other forms of green energy, therefore the HYDROGEN they produce is considered completely “Green Hydrogen.” This green hydrogen is one of the most usable forms of green energy. 

Due to the frequent exposure to both an electrical current and a constant flow of water, the components within PEM electrolyzers need to be reinforced with the anti-corrosive and highly conductive qualities of platinum plating. 

Frequently Asked Questions

About Platinum Plating

Platinum plating is an electroplating process that uses an electrical current and a chemical bath solution to apply platinum ions to the surface of an object or substrate. Once applied, the substrate gains an array of desirable chemical and physical properties.

Platinum itself is a highly dense, unreactive, white-silver precious metal. Platinum is the least reactive of the precious metals, making it an extremely effective finish when looking for corrosion resistance and prevention.

Benefits of Platinum Plating

The platinum plating process takes the highly dense and chemically unreactive qualities of Platinum and applies them to the surface of a respective substrate. With a thin layer of platinum evenly coated on substrates surface it can gain a plethora of new chemical and physical qualities. Some of the most notable benefits of platinum plating are:

  • Corrosion Resistance
  • Malleability
  • Aesthetically Pleasing Finish
  • Ductility
  • Increased Strength and Abrasion Resistance
  • Can be magnetic
  • And more!
Industrial Uses for Platinum Plating

Platinum possesses some of the most notable qualities of all precious metals. It is often used for its combination of aesthetics and corrosion resistance. Most industries that need their components to resist corrosion or oxidation for long periods of time have utilized platinum plating in one way or another

Since Platinum plating increases resistance to corrosion, it is commonly used on medical devices that need to maintain a sterile and smooth service at all times. The anti-corrosive and sterile nature of platinum plating combined with its unique strength and hardness makes platinum a great surface finish for dental implants. Some other common industrial uses of platinum plating include:

  • Medical devices
  • PEM Electrolyzers
  • Dental / Surgical Implants
  • Marine manufacturing components
  • Automobile parts
  • Aircraft components
  • And many others!
Common Substrates for Platinum Plating

Platinum can be plated on essentially any substrate and will provide its substrate with new anti-corrosive properties. Some substrates that are commonly plated with platinum include:

  • Brass
  • Bronze 
  • Copper
  • Gold
  • Niobium
  • Titanium
  • And more!

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