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Monday, 19 August 2019

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Sonja Schulte
19 September 2016 10:52:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
Graphene: The new panacea?

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?

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Sonja Schulte
17 May 2016 13:27:00 | Posted by: Sonja Schulte, European Coatings Journal
Coatings technology: are biomimetics the new trend?

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?

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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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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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Natallia Abraztsova
22 March 2012 11:55:00 | Posted by: Natallia Abraztsova, European Coatings Journal
More than protection

I’m still very fascinated about the topic of functional coatings. Today it is normal, that coatings are anti-ice, anti-scratch, self-healing, water-repellent, - in other words they are multifunctional. But what does "multifunctional” actually mean?

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Natallia Abraztsova
22 December 2011 14:49:00 | Posted by: Natallia Abraztsova, European Coatings Journal
Durability of the effect

Recently I’ve attended our Conference "Automotive Coatings” in Berlin. I was pleasantly surprised about lively discussions by participants. One of the topics responding to a great deal of interest was a theme of smart coatings. According to the experts, the industrial need for smart coatings is in the fields of self-healing, anti-finger-print, easy-to-clean, stability to UV-light and low energy (reflecting light). The advantage of such coatings is obvious: more performance properties make a coating attractive for a number of special applications. But what about the durability of the effect? I think the durability of the functional coatings is the most important issue to research and to work on.

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Prof. Rigoberto Advincula
2 September 2011 11:56:00 | Posted by: Prof. Rigoberto Advincula, Reserve University
Functional Polymer Films

A new book by me and Wolfgang Knoll of the Austrian Institute of Technology has recently been published by Wiley-VCH. It is entitled "Functional Polymer Films". This is a treatise and collection of specific topics dealling with nanostructured and macromolecular coatings or simply ultrathin films. The topics include polymer brushes, layer-by-layer films, Langmuir-Blodgett films, vapor deposition, block copolymers, and self-assembled monolayers.

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Prof. Rigoberto Advincula
8 June 2011 11:52:00 | Posted by: Prof. Rigoberto Advincula, Reserve University
Biodegradable Coatings

Biodegradable Coatings seem to be a misnomer or a contradication of terms. After all, the term coatings is meant to protect the bulk material from harmful effect of the environment. On the other hand, the other side of the coin is that a coating functions as a packaging material. That is it protects the environment from the effects of the bulk material.

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Prof. Rigoberto Advincula
19 May 2011 07:57:00 | Posted by: Prof. Rigoberto Advincula, Reserve University
Anti-corrosion and Anti-microbial

Corrosion is a big problem as recently discussed. Equally challengin is Biofilm formation on conducting materials (metal, metal alloys, metal oxides, and electrodes) which has emerged as a significant problem in the long-term use of coatings in the marine and industrial apparatus. Biofilm formation usually is followed by slication especially in seawage, marine and goethermal environments, Strategies for controlling bacterial colonization have focused on improving and developing antimicrobial materials and design to inhibit biofilm formation.

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Kirsten Wrede
22 July 2010 15:54:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
Clever and smart

In our editor's blog smart coatings are a frequently recurring topic. We have described exciting functional coatings, we have asked how "smart" these coatings really are, and we have been wondering how smart coatings can be defined after all. I guess it's best to say smart coatings are structured coatings which provide additional benefits by giving an appropriate response to outside conditions.

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