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Sonja Specks
9 August 2013 11:06:00 | Posted by: Sonja Specks, European Coatings Journal
Elicitation of functionalities with doping for coatings

Tomorrow the athletics worldchampionships in Moscow start. I guess we will watch Usain Bolt boosting his world record in the 100 m sprints again. Is this based on the right medication or still human power thank to his genes and training? Anyway doping is a hot topic. But this let me think of a futuristic idea: how to dope a coating for an on-time performance.

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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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Kirsten Wrede
11 April 2013 13:32:00 | Posted by: Kirsten Wrede, European Coatings Journal
New packaging solutions

Sustainability and functionality were the dominating topics at this year’s European Coatings Show and Congress. They also apply to the packaging coating segment, with an additional emphasis on product/food safety.

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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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