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Kirsten Wrede
24 September 2015 12:18:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
Nanotechnology: State of affairs?

I haven’t heard anything significant on nanotechnology lately. Neither in the news nor in publications. Probably because there have been so many other topics to be discussed. Remember the times when TV programs or consumer magazines reported on nanoparticles in suntan lotion or cosmetics? We learned that due to negative public opinion towards nanotechnology, companies stopped or reduced research and development in this area, or changed obvious brand names, thereby omitting the word "nano”.

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Sonja Schulte
20 February 2014 15:22:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
Multifunctional coatings –a water level report

It seems to me that functional and multifunctional coatings are on everybody lips since several years. To be honest, I don`t know if this is just a pious hope of the researchers or if these kind of coatings really find their way into the market. While looking for a valid answer I found a lot of research going on and not so many products established in the market.

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Kirsten Wrede
30 May 2013 09:00:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
No more euphoria for nanotechnology?

Over the past years, not a day went by without incoming press releases and paper proposals on exciting new nanotechnology projects. Everybody wanted to be involved, to be part of a totally new technology. At conferences, speakers presented promising developments for applications not thought to be possible before. We virtually had to stop ourselves from reporting too much on nanobased topics.

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Kirsten Wrede
6 February 2012 09:13:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
Double-edged: CNTs

Tiny as they are, carbon nanotubes (CNT) have the potential to generate completely new materials and products with characteristics not feasible with previous technologies. These tubular structures can contribute to improving a lot of properties of materials. CNT experts are very positive about the benefits of these materials for coatings as well.

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Prof. Rigoberto Advincula
1 December 2011 05:20:00 | Posted by: Prof. Rigoberto Advincula, Reserve University
Graphene materials in nanocoatings

The next popular nanofiller material that should find its way in nanocomposite applications for coatings should be graphene. This may yet replace the popular nanoclay and carbon nanotube nanofillers. Due to its well-known fast electron transport, excellent mechanical and thermal properties, and very high surface area, graphene has been the subject of intense scientific interest as evidenced by the rapid increase in the number of publications since 2004 - the 2010 Nobel prize winners in Physics.

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Kirsten Wrede
10 February 2011 17:52:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
Nano: always controversial

It's nano again: it seems that you get bombarded with news on nanotechnology these days. Not all of them positive, of course. So why not picking up on this very controversial issue once in a while.

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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 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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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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