Surface engineering is an increasingly important field and consequently those involved need to be aware of the vast range of techlogies available to modify surfaces. This text provides an up-to-date, authoritative exposition of the major condensed phase methods used for producing metallurgical and ceramic coatings. Each method is discussed thoroughly by an expert in that field. In each chapter the principle of the method, its range of applications and technical aspects involved are described. The book t only informs the reader about established techlogies familiar only to specialists, but also details activity on the frontier of coating techlogy providing an insight into those potential techlogies t yet fully developed but which should emerge in the near future.