Founded by R&D 100 award-winning scientist Patrick Heaney in 2009, NCD Technologies is engineering and innovating new coatings to move the world forward.


From advancing the tooling industry to producing coating to improve medical devices, NCD Technologies creates thin diamond and diamond and DLC films that will change the world.

An innovative and unprecedented process for applying diamond coatings to extremely small tooling, NCD’s pretreatment adds longevityprecision, and efficiency to the tools and the machining operations they support. With a constant push for miniaturized devices that are highly functional, diamond coatings are poised to usher in a new era of technology for consumers in all walks of life. With a win in 2013 at R&D Magazine’s “R&D 100 Awards”, NCD Technologies has captured the eye of the industry and has its sights set on a BETTER FUTURE.


Dr. Patrick Heaney

CEO and Founder

Dr. Patrick Heaney received his doctoral degree in material science engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009 and immediately started NCD Technologies based on the novel technology that was developed during his time at UW. Dr. Heaney has 18 years of experience in vacuum system design/maintenance and coating engineering, with the last 10 years specifically dedicated to engineering diamond and diamond-like coatings for various applications. He is familiar with several different vacuum processing techniques commonly used to create coatings such as: HF-CVD, PIID, PECVD, magnetron sputtering, ion-beam evaporation, etc. Dr. Heaney is also trained and well qualified in several surface science analysis techniques including: SEM-TEM analysis, RAMAN analysis, XPS, XRD, ellipsometry, WLI, FIB, ZANES/NEXAFS, TOF-SIMS, AFM, Auger, Nano-indentation and general lithography. Dr. Heaney is passionate about diamond coatings and the potential for optimizing diamond and diamond like coatings for novel applications and applications that are beyond the capabilities of other coating companies. Please contact Dr. Heaney to discuss your specific coating needs.


Dr. Aiping Zeng

Materials Scientist

Dr. Aiping Zeng joined NCD Technologies in 2016. Dr Zeng was awarded PhD. in Applied and Plasma Physics from the University of Sydney, Australia on 1st Dec 2008. He has over 20 year experience in industry, research and academia since he completed his Bachelor degree in 1992. Since completing his PhD. he has held roles at the universities in Israel, South Korea and Portugal with different government fellowships. Dr. Zeng has worked with plasma material processing and diamond-like carbon (DLC) materials for over 15 year. He has obtained an international reputation in this field of electrochemistry of DLC films due to his pioneering work. Dr. Zeng is also a highly respected researcher in China. He holds a master degree of engineering in Metal Corrosion and Protection from Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Zeng has broad background with material science, plasma physics and electrochemistry.



Coating Engineer, Surface Scientist

Dr. Mike Efremov received his doctoral degree in chemical kinetics from Moscow State University Chemistry Department in 1995. Dr Efremov has broad experience working in research centers including Moscow State University, University of Urbana – Champaign, NIST, University of Wisconsin – Madison. His background spans across science of thin coatings, micro- and nanoscale objects, physical chemistry, polymer science, computer science, and microelectronics. Several projects include the full cycle of research and development of instrumentation for materials characterization: thin-film calorimeters, vacuum tensiometer, ellipsometer for testing materials in special environments, etc. Dr. Efremov’s qualifications include extensive programming skills (low-level programming: assemblers for microcontrollers, instrumentation languages: LabVIEW, data processing: MatLab, Mathematica, LabTalk), characterization (ellipsometry, MEMS-based and traditional calorimetry, tensiometry, reflectometry, scanning electron microscopy, TGA, UV-Vis-NIR-IR spectrometry, AFM, etc.) and preparation techniques (X-ray and EUV exposure systems, PVD, sputtering, optical patterning, etc.).



Colin Bernhardt

Laboratory and Engineering Assistant

Colin is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with his Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Colin has worked at NCD since May 2017. He has experience in manual and CNC part fabrication, fixture design, 2D and 3D CAD, as well as core engineering curriculum materials including thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, energy systems, and technical writing.