Nanocoatings offer great potential for various applications due to their superior characteristics that are not typically found in conventional coatings. Nanocoatings are routinely applied to a wide variety of substrate materials (plastics, glass, metals, ceramics and textiles). Due to the properties inherent at the nanoscale, the coatings are typically multifunctional, exhibiting one or combinations of the following properties: scratch and abrasion resistance, anti-static, oleophobic, easy-to-clean, anti-reflective, anti-microbial activity, sensor and catalytic activity. They are mainly used for the prevention of soiling (incrustation/clogging; protein adhesion/cell adhesion; biofilm formation); aging/degradation; and friction/wear.
- Medical (Short term disposables and Long-term reusables)
- Food manufacturing
- Textiles/ leather
- Marine Coatings
- Water treatment
- Public places
- Automotive/ Transport
Transparent anti-fingerprint coatings find application on stainless steel surfaces, plastics and glass. They are particularly suitable for designer surfaces in car interiors, households and buildings and on glass touch panels.
The spread of diseases is a huge global problem in modern society. Microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and viruses represent potential threats for our modern hygienic lifestyle. Infection is a major medical complication associated with healthcare environments.
Anti-fouling & easy clean nanocoatings
Anti-fouling and easy to clean nanocoatings have gained impressive market traction, especially in the building materials, marine and household (mainly bathroom) sectors. These coatings allows for improvement in the appearance of machinery and equipment, hygiene and corrosion resistance in different environments.
Self-cleaning (Bionic) nanocoatings
Manufacturers are seeking to exploit nanocoatings that both minimize cleaning and are durable enough to last a number of years when exposed to environmental conditions such as sand, dirt, oil, pH, wind, ice, moisture, salt, sun, pollution, bird droppings and tree sap. The market for hydrophobic coatings has expanded in recent years and is finding traction in automotive glass, sanitary equipment, consumer electronics, medical devices, footwear and textiles and aviation exteriors.
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Self-cleaning (Photocatalytic) Nanocoatings
Self-cleaning coatings based on photocatalysts are currently suitable mainly for exterior use for inorganic surfaces and coatings, but photocatalytic materials operating at the wavelength of visible light are also widely studied.
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