Whenever innovations are discussed in the coatings industry, it’s striking how often the talk centres on how we can comply with new regulations: replace chromium (VI) here, reduce VOCs there, eliminate isocyanates everywhere. Yes, these are all important, but am I the only one missing something?
Solar cells out of the printer? Recently, I stumbled about a interesting blog by drupa, the printing ink equipment exhibition, describing research projects on printing solar cells. Janne Halme and his team from Aalto University and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, for instance, have managed to develop a simple printing process which allows to print pictures that are able to generate power. Merely an image file is needed to print solar cells in any pattern on any material, including paper.
At the moment, the IAA Commercial Vehicles, the world’s most important trade show for transport, logistics and mobility, is taking place in my hometown Hanover. Years ago, I visited the show and was impressed by enormous cranes that wouldn’t fit in any exhibition hall.
I recently read an article in the journal "Nachrichten aus der Chemie” entitled "What became of the graphene hype?” A provocative title, to be sure, but there’s probably an element of truth in it. In the early 2000s, the scientific world hailed this newly discovered two-dimensional carbon modification as the new panacea. The enthusiasm has waned somewhat in many quarters since then, but hasn’t quite disappeared altogether – it keeps resurfacing in the coatings industry. Question is: can it really deliver on its promise?
2 September 2016 14:45:00 | Posted by: Vanessa Bauersachs, European Coatings Journal Back to the future
How will the chemical industry look like in 2030? The German chemical industry association (VCI) has recently updated their study on the German chemical industry in 2030. Many of the prognoses are also valid for the European paints and coatings industry.
According to VSM (German Shipbuilding and Ocean Industries Association), advances in technology are being driven by the three E’s: emissions, efficiency and energy. Energy efficiency is a key area where marine paints need to improve.
The price of oil has just hit a new low – in the US you can get a barrel for under $40. At first sight, this might seem to be a good thing for the coatings industry, because it lowers the prices of raw materials. In the long term, though, it might not prove so beneficial.
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.