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A method and apparatus of forming a transparent metal oxide layer on a conductive surface of a dielectric substrate involves exposing first and second conductive surface portions of the conductive surface of the dielectric substrate to first and second electrolytes respectively to form first and second electrochemical cells in which the first conductive surface is part of the first electrochemical cell and the second conductive surface is part of the second electrochemical cell and wherein the electrochemical cells are electrically connected together by the conductive surface of the dielectric substrate. An electric potential applied across first and second counter electrodes in the first and second cells respectively drives an electric current through the first and second electrolytes and causes metal ions and oxygen in the second electrolyte to form the transparent metal oxide layer on the second conductive surface portion when a current is passed through the first and second electrolytes. The transparent metal oxide layer may be made non-conductive or conductive or even semi-conductive through the absence or inclusion of dopant in the second electrolyte. A conductive surface of a dielectric substrate of any length can be uniformly plated with a transparent metal oxide layer by moving the dielectric substrate relative to the first and second electrolytes while exposing the first and second surface portions to the first and second electrolytes respectively.


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Clear Metals | Date: 2011-09-08

A method and apparatus for electrochemically forming an oxide layer on a flat conductive surface which involves positioning a working electrode bearing the flat conductive surface in opposed parallel spaced apart relation to a flat conductive surface of a counter electrode such that the flat conductive surface of the working electrode and the flat conductive surface of the counter electrode are generally opposed, horizontally oriented, and define a space therebetween. A volume of organic electrolyte solution containing chemicals for forming the oxide layer on the flat conductive surface of the working electrode is arranged to flood the flat conductive surface of the counter electrode surface and to occupy the space defined between the flat conductive surface of the working electrode and the flat conductive surface of the counter electrode such that at least the flat conductive surface of the counter electrode is in contact with the organic electrolyte solution and substantially only the flat conductive surface of the working electrode is in contact with the organic electrolyte solution. An electric current flows between substantially only the flat conductive surface of the counter electrode and substantially only the flat conductive surface of the working electrode, in the organic electrolyte solution, for a period of time and at a magnitude sufficient to cause the chemicals to form the oxide layer on the flat conductive surface of the working electrode.


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