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Reliability Matters Episode 52: A Conversation with Conformal Coating Expert Dr. Sean Clancy of HZO

September 24, 2020

Dr. Sean Clancy and Mike Konrad discuss the various types of conformal coatings designed to protect circuit assemblies from moisture and other hazards. They discuss coating best-practices and current IOT-based products that are increasing the need for protecting circuit assemblies from harsh environments.

Clancy is director of coating technology at HZO, where he leads a group developing thin-film conformal coatings.

Throughout his career, he has assisted hundreds of organizations with electronics manufacturing failure analysis, as well as developed functional coatings and materials for corrosion protection, charge storage, chemical sensing, light emission, and medical research.


Sean holds an Adjunct Professor appointment at the University of Utah's Materials Science and Engineering Department and has previously provided consulting services in the STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics).


Sean earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Southern California, his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of North Florida, and his Certificate in Project Management from the University of Delaware.


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