Exploration of nanotechnology for surface coatings could lead to a host of surface engineering innovations
Five technology centres are investigating coatings that give new properties to an array of commonly used materials, including; plastics, metals, ceramics and glass.
A particular area of interest for the research, being conducted in Spain and funded by the Valencian Centre of Business Competitiveness, is the development of hybrid materials: materials with properties which, unlike individually treated materials, have a combination of characteristics derived from synergies between the two combined materials.
This exciting research could lead to a wide variety of hybrid coatings, essentially enabling surface engineers to combine the best properties of two materials, creating a stronger, faster, longer lasting end product.
As a coating services specialist, we are excited by the prospect of further innovations within our industry. Our technical team will be following this research closely.
More information about this research can be found on the European Coatings website, here: http://www.european-coatings.com/Raw-materials-technologies/Technologies/Nanotechnology/Nanotechnology-to-improve-surface-properties-of-materials