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.
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?
24 June 2016 15:42:00 | Posted by: Vanessa Bauersachs, European Coatings Journal Bye-bye Britain
Britain has said no to the European Union. This is an outcome of the referendum I neither expected nor hoped for – an opinion I probably share with a fair share of Europeans. Possible consequences of the Brexit have been discussed for months – something that is also important in the international chemical industry.
I would like to join my colleague Vanessa Bauersachs who showed her delight about some positive news that stick out of all those recent shocking reports (see her blog post of 26 May). I have also come across something delightful: three junior researchers from Germany have received a renowned award for the development of a biodegradable gelatine-based adhesive.