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Durability of the effect

Thursday, 22 December 2011 | Posted by: Natallia Abraztsova, European Coatings Journal

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.

Smart coatings (functional, intelligent, stimuli-response – as you like) are still a hot topic both in the industry and scientific world. Smart coatings are also a matter of particular interest in our blog. The field of functional coatings as well as a number of additional functionalities are continually growing. Coatings are going to become antimicrobial, anti-freezing, de-odorizing, detoxifying, to name just a few. Smart coatings have also been in the focus of the European Coatings Conference "Automotive coatings” in November 2011 in Berlin, Germany. I was pleased that the topic has been lively discussed by participants during presentations as well as during the interactive workshop. According to the experts, the industrial needs or requirements for smart coatings are still in the fields of self-healing, anti-finger-print, easy-to-clean, stability to UV-light, low energy (reflecting light) and more. 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? Is it possible to maintain the functional properties over a long period of time? Will a garden table layered with a nanocoating still remain dirt pick-up resistant and water-repellent after it had rained several times? Will the matt coated car keep being matt after passing a car-wash? I think the durability of the functional coatings is the main issue for R&D to work on in this field. I would like to ask your expert opinion on this topic. What is being done to extend the durability of smart coatings, what are the main challenges for the future, what new functionalities and fields of applications are feasible? I would be happy to share views with you.

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Natallia Abraztsova
European Coatings Journal
Natallia Abraztsova
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