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Sonja Specks
16 December 2010 14:11:00 | Posted by: Sonja Specks, European Coatings Journal
REACH - a mixture of feelings included

REACH is one of the most used terms for the chemical industry - and could be nominated for the award of the negative buzzword of several years – it’s just a question of who you ask in the companies. I have quite controversial feelings about the REACH policy. On the one hand the question is not whether I want to be in touch with toxic or dangerous materials and I don't simply know the impact of special substances even in the smallest concentration in coatings and materials. On the other hand I don’t have a clue about some substances if they really harm me. So there is a feeling left that the reaction to set up such a huge regulation, including lots of manpower over years, seems to be exaggerated.

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Miriam von Bardeleben
13 December 2010 12:10:00 | Posted by: Miriam von Bardeleben, European Coatings Journal
Color trend reports for industrial coatings?

Everyone is aware that colour trends are important in everyday life: Whether it refers to clothes & cars, or hair & houses - people are eager to give a personal touch to their belongings. But how important can defined color trends be for industrial coatings?

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Prof. Rigoberto Advincula
3 December 2010 09:48:00 | Posted by: Prof. Rigoberto Advincula, Reserve University
Opportunities Now for Nanoinnovation

Opportunities knock at the door once….and may be gone. Companies with long-term strategies in nanotechnology should invest now on research and development activities to prepare them to release new proprietary products for specific applications when economic recovery arrives. Companies which come out with products first to the market will gain the competitive advantage in delivery and marketing. Nanotechnology research impacts the coatings market primarily through two directions: improvement of properties for current coatings and innovative new products that customers are willing to pay for the difference in performance.

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Prof. Rigoberto Advincula
29 November 2010 09:44:00 | Posted by: Prof. Rigoberto Advincula, Reserve University
Grafted Polymers and Nanostructures on Surfaces

Smart coatings can be achieved by fine tuning nanostructures in ultrathin films.The use of grafted polymers and particles on surfaces enable the modification and formation of robust coatings which can lead to very interesting stimuli-responsive properties. Polymer brush formation can involve surface initiated polymerization (SIP) or by grafting preformed polymers (but with low density). Another method can involve the application of colloidal particles to form uniform layers on surfaces or the application of lithographic and non-lithographic methods (can be expensive).

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Sonja Schulte
18 November 2010 16:05:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
Milling: vertical or horizontal?

Dispersing fillers and pigments is one of the most important steps during paint manufacturing. This fundamental step is often understood as art more than as a scientific technology meaning the beaking down of pigment agglomerates and their distribution in a liquid phase. Dispersion is among other techniques performed by using attrition mills, which can be vertical or horizontal. Which of these designs is the best divides opinions.

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Kirsten Wrede
12 November 2010 11:51:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
Smart coatings – truly stretchable

Picking up on our latest blog entry, I have just come back from the European Coatings Conference "Smart coatings” with the conviction that the term "smart” is truly stretchable if not controversial.

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Sonja Specks
4 November 2010 10:34:00 | Posted by: Sonja Specks, European Coatings Journal
Smart is too hip and trendy

Today nearly no coating exists on the market the word smart is not used for. No matter what kind of nanomaterial has found its way into the product, you always have one more feature than the "old school” requirements. For example corrosion protection, aesthetics and bending skills are usual demands, nothing special. These minimum requirements have to fit and are just compared to elderly products. It seems to me that the industry is tired of speaking about these skills.

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Sonja Schulte
28 October 2010 15:42:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
Analysing sustainability

No doubt - sustainability is on everybody's lips these days. But how to measure it reliable? Of course there are methods available such as life cycle assesment (LCA), carbon footprint (CFP) and eco-indication 99 method. However, up to now no agreement is made within the coatings industry which of these methods is the best in terms of feasability and comparability. Jan Besamusca, DSM suggests to measure the CFP and recalulated it to the solid product.

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Damir Gagro
22 October 2010 12:06:00 | Posted by: Damir Gagro, European Coatings Journal
Nanomaterials and the end-of-life question

Nanotechnology and novel materials are innovation drivers when it comes to the development of clean and efficient technologies. An industry dialogue recently held by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research gathered material and nanotechnology R&D experts and environmental professionals who focused on opportunities and challenges of nanomaterials for environmental technologies.

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Damir Gagro
14 October 2010 11:04:00 | Posted by: Damir Gagro, European Coatings Journal
Less raw materials, higher prices and no end in sight

Delivery difficulties for and disproportional price increases of many raw materials are challenging the coatings industry. According to national and international associations prices for certain raw materials have increased drastically – in the worst case by up to 50 %.

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