Advancements in Functional Coatings

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Published: 2 Nov 2018

In this issue of Advanced Coating & Surface Technology TOE, TechVision has identified innovative technology developers and market forces shaping the functional coatings industry. Coating technology development has progressed significantly in the past 5 years enabled by new possibilities in achieving patterns, textures, and functionalities in nanoscale dimensions on a wide variety of substrates. Innovative approaches to engineer these high value functionalities have unlocked opportunities for plant operators, product developers, and OEMs across different industries to offer differentiated products and services that enhance customer experience. Industry stakeholders in aerospace, oil and gas, chemical processing, and construction are exposed to huge economic risks if the functional integrity of their machinery and equipment are compromised due to corrosion. Therefore, self-cleaning, omniphobic, and anti-corrosive functionalities have become a must-have for components exposed to constant abrasive forces in applications such as fluid treatment, purification, and separation, and also fluid transport pipelines. In medical device segment, a new wave of coating innovation aims to combine the benefits lubricious and anti-fouling surfaces with tunable binding characteristics to improve human diagnostics experience and implant success rates. 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: Functional coatings, omniphobic, landing gear protection, reflective cooling, lubricant infused porous substrate, tunable binding, medical implant, filtration membrane, oil and gas

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