Advances in Coating Technologies for Dual-modal Imaging, Microbial Fuel Cells, Medical Catheters, Antimicrobial Applications

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Published: 18 Aug 2017

This issue of Advanced Coatings and Surface Technologies TOE profiles recent advances in dual-modal Imaging, ceramic coatings, microbial fuel cells, medical catheters, and antimicrobial coatings. Extensive use for coatings has been observed in medical sector, wherein in one of the cases, nano-contrast coating agents have been developed for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as well as optical imaging of cancer cells. Further, technologies pertaining to development of antimicrobial coatings on hospital devices using bioelectric effect, use of hydrogel coatings on synthetic medical components have emerged as innovations benefitting the health system. Also, an innovation on ceramic coating for various substrates using kinetic energy has paved way for brittle and intermetallic compounds has been highlighted. In another innovation, researchers have successfully used polymer coated bacteria to generate current in microbial fuel cells. The Advanced Coating & Surface Technology TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications and strategic insights on various coatings across industries. This encompasses protective and functional coatings such as antimicrobial coatings, food coatings, energy-saving coatings, smart glazing, hydrophilic, hydrophobic and super hydrophobic coatings, corrosion protection coatings, barrier coatings and paints. The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research & innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thin films, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: Silica coated nanorods, ceramic coating, microbial fuel cells, antimicrobial coatings

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