Electroless Deposition

Recommended Time & Experience: Some experience with the most widely used chemistries, focusing on electroless nickel.  ‎For those a few years away from taking any chemistry courses, the online Chemistry Refresher course offered by NASF Foundation is highly recommended, but not required as a pre-requisite. 


Description:  This is course provides an in-depth understanding of electroless nickel, its components, and deposit properties with special consideration to troubleshooting, pre-treatment and testing.  In addition, it provides an understanding of the nuances of plating on plastics and other electroless chemistries including E-Au, Co, and Cu


Core Elective: Master Surface Finishers (MSF) designation.  ‎

Course Content Level:  Advanced (300 Level)

Approx Hours to Complete:  10 Hours‎


Designed For:  E-Ni Applicators, Lab Techs, experienced Operators, Managers, and Engineers as well as those with Design Authority.


Learning Objectives:  Those completing this course and/or earning a certificate in Electroless Deposition are able to demonstrate:

  • Recognition of the proper pre- and post-plating processes.
  • Knowledge of the differences between electroless alloys and their deposit properties.
  • Proper selection and maintenance of equipment and tank chemistry.
  • Appropriate quality control testing to achieve optimal results the meet the specified requirements.
  • Proper identification of the most common problems encountered with wastewater treatment systems and potential solutions for those problems.
Course Description:
  1. Overview of Electroless Nickel Plating 
  2. Properties of Electroless Nickel Deposits 
  3. Equipment for Electroless Nickel Plating 
  4. Pre- & Post-Plate Processing in Electroless Nickel Plating Part 1 
  5. Pre- & Post-Plate Processing in Electroless Nickel Plating Part 2 
  6. Electroless Nickel Plating Solutions 
  7. EN Operating Variables 
  8. Quality Control for EN 
  9. Electroless Deposition on Plastics 
  10. Electroless Deposition of Gold & Cobalt