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.
I don’t have an e-book reader. Why? Because they are only available in black and white, and the screen is too small for my liking. So, I diligently buy printed books, even though my bookshelves are bursting at the seams. But my attitude towards e-readers might change very soon.
The closing of the camp in Idomeni, negotiations between Turkey and Europe – the refugee crisis is and remains present. Between the problems and open questions it is good to hear positive news atleast every once in a while - such as stories about people who have found a new job in Europe or are able do their practical training here.
Hard to believe it, but it's just around the corner: the European Coatings Show is putting out calls for industry to submit abstracts. I can’t wait to see which new trends emerge. At the last show in 2015, there were quite a few submissions on isocyanate-free paint systems – one of them even landed the prestigious ECS Award. Will biometics be the new trend in 2017?
Mere coincidence, or is there more behind it? Three interesting research news related to medical technology have caught my eye only recently, and I’m asking myself: is there a significant increase in R&D for medical coatings?