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Sonja Schulte
22 August 2016 10:17:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
Marine paints: These are the challenges they have to overcome

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.

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Sonja Schulte
19 March 2015 05:57:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
Isocyante-free 2K coatings systems:decoupling of pot-life and cure speed

We all know the advantages and disatvantages of  isocyante based coatings systems. Exposure to free isocyante can result in adverse health effects such as respiratory diseases and severe allergic sensitization. Further isocyantes undergo irreversible side reactions with water which can be problematic for the application of isocyated based coatings such as PUR coatings in humid environments. There is also a need in many application for faster drying and hardness development that can achieved with current isocyante chemistry. However, typical approaches to faster dry times using isocyante chemistry usually lead to shorter formulation pot-life. Now two different isocyante-free approaches will be presented at the European Coatings CONGRESS. Both offer decoupling of pot life and curing speed while offering performance comparable to established systems. In my opinion, this is a real breakthrough in coatings technology!

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Michael Richter
12 February 2015 11:00:00 | Posted by: Michael Richter, European Coatings Journal
Back to the future - without biocides?

At the beginning of the year, I like to tidy up my flat in order to get rid of unwanted and useless things. This time I discovered an article in a pile of newspapers and magazines. This article begins with: "Electrical-Coating – A charge alternating from positive to negative should protect ship hulls from fouling. Via this the acidity of the surrounding water is changing constantly and this repels mussels and algae”. This is what I call an exciting research project.

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Michael Richter
3 September 2014 11:00:00 | Posted by: Michael Richter, European Coatings Journal
Inspired by mussels, barnacles and yummy oysters

Why are mussels, barnacles and oysters able to stick themselves at objects like rocks, to a pier or to a vessel? And - most important - what we can learn about it and how can the coatings industry make use of this knowledge?

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Miriam von Bardeleben
15 May 2014 12:03:00 | Posted by: Miriam von Bardeleben, European Coatings Journal
In what way do we expect to be rewarded for sustainable behavior?

No matter what their age is, it is easier for people to show a required or desirable behavior, if their compliance is directly rewarding for them. This is true for many situations, and it is also valid for the task of increasing sustainability within the coatings industry. Everyone is in favour of eco-friendly raw materials and processes, but someone has to pay for this kind of added value in the end.

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Sonja Specks
24 April 2014 14:44:00 | Posted by: Sonja Specks, European Coatings Journal
Coatings preferences – national differences?

German punctuality, British humor, French cuisine – we all know these stereotypes. They work well, although German trains might come late, some British have already lost their humor while talking about football and also some French might have burnt their Coque au vin. But these prejudices are deeply in our heads. So my question is: Are there (individual) national coatings tastes?

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Sonja Specks
14 March 2014 13:48:00 | Posted by: Sonja Specks, European Coatings Journal
Why development for marine coatings?

I heard about well working coatings with high corrosion resistance and perfect antifouling properties. The next generation coatings also have even less impact on the ocean and may lead to further reduction of fuel. However, there is still a huge gap.

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Sonja Schulte
2 August 2013 10:35:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
Functional coatings: the only hot topic in coatings technology?

Knowledge about the latest trends is crucial to be successful on the market. However, definition of the hottest topics for the European coatings industry is not trivial. Some trends are global, but each country faces its own challenges. For some years functional and multifunctional coatings are on everybody´s lips. Waterborne systems still are very interesting. And what is about renewable raw materials for coatings? The editorial team of the European Coatings JOURNAL defined recently the topics they want to present next year in their conference program.

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