Using pig waste to make asphalt? If it weren’t for the fact that April’s Fools is months away, I would have thought this news a joke. In fact, researchers from the North Carolina A & T State University have successfully used pig manure for the production of asphalt – thereby replacing bitumen containing petroleum.
Every spring the torment starts anew: while green plants and colourful flowers start to bloom, my nose itches and I have to sneeze quite often. Even breathing at night becomes difficult. What a relief, when summer advances and pollen concentration decreases. If you are, like me, allergic to pollen, you will probably like this new research project.
In meetings with colleagues, we regularly talk about the topics we should cover in our journals and at our events – the latest trend in the coatings industry, where developments are headed, and so on. Almost inevitably, somebody will mention multifunctional coatings. Whenever megatrends are discussed at conferences, you can be sure, too, that multifunctional coatings will be mentioned. Which begs the question: are the multifunctional systems which are already available fit for market?