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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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Kirsten Wrede
28 October 2015 14:06:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
Self-healing – the latest fad?

Self-healing materials are no brand new invention, they’ve been in the media for quite some time. Nevertheless, my curiosity was aroused when I found a number of news on self-healing materials on our websites recently. Coincidence or not?

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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
28 September 2011 12:42:00 | Posted by: Prof. Rigoberto Advincula, Reserve University
Energy Saving Smart Coatings

What differentiates your heating and cooling needs between winter and summer? Of course we need more heat in winter and more cooling in the summer. One of the desirable architectural features in a building is to have lots of windows. Yet, one of the factors that limits this type of architectural feature is the effect of too much sunlight. There is a need for smart coatings on windows which is able to let in more sunlight (near-Infra Red or NIR) heating during winter and to block it during summers. This alone can save so much in energy bill for buildings not only in temperature but in lighting control. Such that a truly efficient coating if available can be a commercial success and is a green signature. Here is how it works.

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Prof. Rigoberto Advincula
15 April 2011 01:41:00 | Posted by: Prof. Rigoberto Advincula, Reserve University
Smart Coatings and Nanocoatings

I have recently been discussing with a colleague some need and initiatives for smart coatings that save on energy. One of the ideas that I am particularly interested in on IR-reflecting coatings with thermochromic behavior.  Perhaps something that reflects sunlight during summers and absorbs them during winter.

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Prof. Rigoberto Advincula
2 March 2011 01:06:00 | Posted by: Prof. Rigoberto Advincula, Reserve University
Smart Coatings in Orlando and superhydrophobic coatings

I just came from the Smart Coatings 2011 in Orlando. Nice weather and location! It was well-attended with a number of lectures on the use of block copolymers templates, layer-by-layer deposition coatings, polymer brush grafting, novel methods for optical coatings, and new concepts for superhydrophobic surfaces.

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Prof. Rigoberto Advincula
27 January 2011 12:21:00 | Posted by: Prof. Rigoberto Advincula, Reserve University
Smart colloidal particles and inorganic-organic hybrids

Latex paints contain several types of particles including polymer binder, primary pigment, extenders, and colorants. Non-traditional and nanoparticle components are of high interest. Organic–inorganic hybrids with well-defined morphology and nanostructure represent a very interesting class of materials both for their use as biomimetic composites and because of their potential use in a wide range of technologically advanced as well as more conventional application fields - coatings.

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