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Elicitation of functionalities with doping for coatings

Friday, 9 August 2013 | Posted by: Sonja Specks, European Coatings Journal

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.

I think of a possibility to deliver functions just when necessary.

But how to realise this?

Injections in the dry coating seems to be quite hard to do.

Let me think a out of the box

Maybe there could already be a molecule in the liquid coating  at the first view without any influence to increase the performance. With the right trigger it could start reacting. For example with the freezing temperatures this polymer cracks out of an encapsulation and leads to an anti-ice surface.

Or maybe hidden pigments, changing the colour of a surface when out of their lair. Maybe with magnetism or special wavelengths?

What about the antibacterial properties. Couldn't they just released when touched or bacterias are really around? Triggered with a kind of pressure-sensitivity?

Insane ideas? Maybe, but did Jesse Owens think in 1936 - running 10.2 sec/100m - that Carl Lewis could make this track even in 9.86 sec. - in 1991? Not even imaging of a Usain Bolt who destroyed these longlasting and all other records with 9.58 sec for the 100 m - and the championships didn't even start yet.

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