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Lasers Get Edge in Keeping Metal Dry

A new laser etching technique could eliminate the need for temporary coatings that make metals water-repellant, scientists at the University of Rochester say.


Team Structures a Tougher Coating

Researchers behind a new composite say the spray-applied metal coating can ward off corrosion in an environmentally friendly way, even under extreme conditions.


Particles Play with Concrete Strength

Fine-tuning chemicals at a nanoscale level in concrete and other "structurally complex" materials could be key to improving crack resistance, researchers from Rice University say.


From Thinner Coating, a Stealthier Sub

The images of sound-absorbing rubber tiles peeling off a fairly new $2 billion U.S. nuclear sub made the technology's shortcomings painfully apparent.


At Harvard, Color by Vapor

Coating thickness has typically been measured in mils or, at its thinnest, microns. Now, a team of Harvard researchers is measuring it in nanometers—one 24,500th of a mil.


Finding the Key to an Immortal Mortar

For 2,000 years, builders have sought the secret to the structural strength of The Colosseum, The Pantheon and other ancient treasures.


Who Ya Gonna Call for Spray-On Solar?

Someday, Illan Kramer hopes, men sporting Ghostbusters backpacks will come to your facility and spray solar cells directly onto your roof.


Lithe Little Bot Shows Big Fat Potential

Leaky pipes cost Europe about one-third of its drinking water—a massive drain that a skinny little robot just might be able to plug, researchers say.


EU Hot on Novel High-Temp Coating

A multinational effort is well underway to develop an unconventional coating that would combine a thermal barrier, oxidation and corrosion protection, lotus effect, and fire protection in on...


New Surface Repels, Well, Everything

Teflon? That's so 20th century. A new surface texture being developed by UCLA engineers reportedly "can repel all liquids, no matter what material the surface is made of."


Coating Boomerangs Heat into Space

It sounds like a comic book for coating junkies, in which Our Hero zaps accumulated building heat into space without warming the atmosphere, then casts a shiny shield to protect the building...


Coating Boasts a Power Plant Boost

A new nano-engineered coating for power plants has the potential to save millions of dollars in fuel costs and avert thousands of tons of carbon dioxide emissions, its developers at MIT say.


New Army Coating May Be Real Treat

Self-healing coatings have long held promise—as long as the sun was out. Now, researchers have discovered a sweet secret that can bypass the need for UV power.


Antimicrobial Coatings Set to Clean Up

Huge concerns over the tiny world of bacteria, germs and parasites will ignite and sustain strong growth in the paint and coatings market in the coming years, a new report forecasts.


Drones Pass Pollution through Paint

Robots coated in carbon-sucking paint could collect pollution and turn it back into fuel, a group of researchers says.


Paint Powers the Car of the Future

Mercedes-Benz is turning to paint to power its newly unveiled concept car, which debuted with the company's new Product Engineering Center in Beijing.


Massive Stage Awaits Nuclear Giant

Four years in the making, a colossal concrete floor capable of supporting 400,000 tons is now ready to support the world's largest nuclear fusion machine.


Solar Nanomaterial Can Take the Heat

Developers of a new nanomaterial for harnessing solar power are promising a trifecta of benefits: the ability to use over 90 percent of captured sunlight, withstand temperatures greater than...


U.S. Advances on Mussel Control

After spending six years testing more than 100 coatings, federal researchers have learned a lot about what works, and what doesn't, in fighting invasive marine species.


Waste Powder Powers a Tougher Coating

Today's tons of silicone rubbish may be the secret ingredient in tomorrow's superhydrophobic, corrosion-resistant coatings.


A Plant to Capture, Clean and Convert

Tomorrow's baking soda may be coming in part from the emissions of an industrial plant near you.


Hoping the Rubber Meets the Road Test

"Does this stink or doesn't it?" That is just one of the questions—and an important one it is—that Michigan researchers will be asking as they begin putting crumb rubber to the test on the s...


Cloaking Coating Shows Visible Progress

The quest for a cloak of invisibility may be one step closer to reality, with a new "illusion" coating taking shape at Pennsylvania State University.


MIT: Diversity Pays, Even if Unpopular

Like it or not—and some workers do not—a workplace with gender equality will benefit the organization most in the long run, a new MIT study concludes.


New Method Cuts Finish-Coat VOCs

A new gel coating used during manufacturing finishing could virtually eliminate the health and environmental risks of the organic compound styrene, researchers say.


Grants Aid Metal, Coating Advances

Two federal grants aim to use one technology to develop advanced ways for joining dissimilar metals and antimicrobial coatings for contact surfaces.


Global Effort Targets Onshore Corrosion

A leading technical society is calling on oil and gas industry experts to collaborate on a global project to fight external corrosion of onshore pipelines.


Subsea Robot Aims to Thwart Smugglers

A small, submersible robot under development could provide a new line of defense against smugglers trying to sneak contraband in ship hulls.


Team Finds Cement’s ‘Magical’ Mix

Tweaking just one of the materials in cement could go a long way toward reducing the environmental wallop packed by concrete, scientists at MIT have discovered.


$2.5M Awarded for Shipbuilding Research

Coatings, surface preparation and corrosion control projects will share in more than $2.5 million in funding newly awarded by the National Shipbuilding Research Program.


Australia: Rising Sea Will Cost $226B

With most of its resources close to the coast, Australia faces havoc with its infrastructure and, possibly, its economy in the decades to come, scientists warn.


Graphene Wages Rust-Busting Revolution

While no one is declaring victory in the war on corrosion, new coatings formulated with graphene could help stave off rust and resist chemicals on everything from metal structures to food pa...


Paint May Pack an Asteroid Punch

Industrial coating techniques could hold the key to saving Earth from killer asteroids, a group of researchers contends.


From Waste, a Hot New Coating

While the U.S. awaits a federal decision on the safety of coal ash, Mexican researchers have found a new use for the industrial waste: high-temperature coatings.


MN Sees Red over Colored Concrete

Blighted by early cracking, the beauty of a colored concrete craze in Minnesota is fading fast, and officials are determined to figure out why.


Robot Busts Corrosion on Swiss Bridges

Hard-to-reach spots during bridge inspections are getting a little help from a wall- and ceiling-climbing robot.


Beetle Outwits the Whitest Whites

Coatings biomimicry has a new poster child: a Southeast Asian beetle that is leading researchers to the development of a whiter white, with less expense and fewer materials than the current ...


Bridge Shaken, Not Stirred, in Mega Sim

A gigantic bridge model has survived a tremendous amount of seismic shaking—the equivalent of a magnitude 6.9 earthquake—without collapsing.


Water Additive Eyed in Corroded Sewers

A surprising connection between water treatment and wastewater management could be causing the sewers in Australia to quickly corrode.


Coating a Smarter, Faster Surface

Smart surfaces that can instantaneously change properties in response to their environment could be the wave of the future, with a new coating developed by a multinational team of researcher...


Super-Black Coatings on a Mission

Extremely black nano-based coatings will be hitching a ride on the International Space Station, launching six years of research into orbit for the first time.


Coatings Coup: Compostable Cups

A new bio-based coating by AkzoNobel has allowed the development of what the company calls the world’s first compostable paper cup for cold drinks.


Research Reveals a Paint-Dusted Sea

Even when the ocean looks clean, the top layer is chock full of paint dust and particles, researchers have found.


Cigarettes Butt in on Coatings

Smoking may be a dirty and deadly habit, but the butts it leaves may hold the surprising key to a coating that can store large amounts of electrical energy.


Steel Steals a Page from Bamboo

Unlikely as it seems, delicate bamboo has taught mighty steel a thing or two about strength and flexibility, researchers report.


$148M Metals Hub Plans Detroit Digs

A new $148 million federally funded lightweight-materials manufacturing and research “ecosystem" is headed for the Motor City.


Smart Paint Signals Excessive Heat

New color-changing coating technology can warn when material or equipment is too hot to handle, signaling the possibility of malfunctions, explosions or burns, researchers say.


Bridge Design Boasts Seismic Stability

Researchers say they have a new design for a bridge framework that will improve earthquake resistance and reduce damage.


3-D Printed Steel: ‘Whole New Direction’

A global engineering firm has unveiled 3D-printed structural-steel building components, touting “a whole new direction for the use of additive manufacturing in the field of construction and ...


Concrete ‘Skin’ Senses Damage

A new “sensing skin” made from electrically conductive paint could warn of concrete damage on a multitude of structures, allowing time for authorities to respond to potential danger, researc...


MIT Robot Pinpoints Pipe Leaks

A new self-propelled robotic device could detect exponentially smaller pipeline leaks of gas, water and oil than traditional systems can, its developers say.


Silver Loses Luster as Rust Buster

Silver may not always be so protective in protective coatings for some steels, researchers in Iran are reporting.


Bridge Bot Honored for Innovation

U.S. engineers are toasting an innovative robotic bridge inspection tool for its impact on the future of assessing structural health.


Beaming Up the Perfect Paint Job

New nondestructive technology using radiation can measure paint layer thickness and the size of embedded particles almost to the nanometer, researchers say.


Construction Can’t Snuff Out Tobacco

Smokeless tobacco use remains a rampant and growing problem in the construction industry, even as cigarette smoking declines, new research shows.


Funding Boosts Canada’s Corrosion R&D

A nearly $600,000 investment in corrosion research will benefit the oil, gas, marine and other industries subjected to Canada's harsh Arctic environment.


Urban Research Banks Against Beige

Could a blue bridge bring more cash to a city’s coffers than a brown bridge? New global research funded by AkzoNobel will put that notion to the test.


UK Boosts Sustainable Marine Coatings

Fostering research to develop sustainable antifoulants, the UK has awarded £500,000 ($837,400 USD) to a consortium of businesses and universities.


Super-Hard Coating Could Make the Cut

Chinese material scientists have reportedly developed a new coating so resistant to wear that it keeps knives sharp 100 times longer than current models.


Duo Envisions Paving the Solar Way

An Idaho couple wants to replace pretty much every paved surface in the U.S. with smart, tough solar panels—and they’d like you to open your wallet to the idea.


Tree Bark Banishes Barnacles

A new antifouling paint could repel organisms from ship hulls without killing them, researchers say.


Warming Up to Pistachio Power

Turkey is making a novel, if nutty, run at a new energy source that officials say could power an entire city.


Smart Coating Could Clean Oil Spills

A new coating that instantly separates oil from water offers significant promise in cleaning up major oil spills and reducing the massive water demands of fracking, researchers say.


Coating Changes Color under Pressure

New research has produced a coated material that can reveal pressure points by changing color.


U.S. Pursues Coating to Hold Plutonium

The U.S. Department of Energy is developing a radiation-shielding thin-film polymer that would help contain radioactive waste during a multiyear nuclear-plant decontamination project.


Battelle Beads Detect Early Corrosion

A new bead not only senses corrosion but also starts to heal the microscopic cracks it causes, according to Battelle Memorial Institute.


Billboard Lets Workers Breathe Easy

Construction workers in Peru are getting some extra respiratory protection from an unlikely source—a billboard that reportedly sucks pollution from the air.


Australia Takes on Aging Pipelines

An Australian university is tackling the country’s aging pipeline needs with a new industry-backed research center and a novel coatings sensor.


Copper Coating Gives Water the Bounce

Coatings research has once again shown the hydrophobic lotus some love, with a new metal coating technology that mimics the plant's water-repellent features.


U.S. Funds a Big Look at Tiny Materials

The federal government has put nearly $10 million into examining the environmental impact of science's fastest-growing field: nanomaterials.


MIT Proposes Floating Nuclear Plants

Offshore nuclear plants, anchored in deep water, could be the answer to preventing catastrophic tsunami and earthquake damage like that inflicted on the Japan's Fukushima Daiichi complex in ...


‘Smart Concrete’ May Outlive Us All

What are you doing in April 2134? If Scott Muzenski has his way, his great-great-great grandchildren will be doing the very first repairs on the driveway he just patched.


Spraying on a Longer Engine Life

Scientists in Sweden are working on a new sprayable coating that can protect an aircraft's engine far longer than current methods.


Study: High-Lead Paint Persists in Asia

Long banned in the U.S. and Europe, architectural paint with lead—a lot of lead—is still widely available in Asia, the world's largest coatings market, a new study concludes.


Nanocapsules Aim to Heal Like Skin

A group of German researchers say they made “two enormous strides” towards developing nanocapsules with self-healing anti-corrosive capabilities.


Navy Additive Helps ‘Heal Like Skin’

A new powder added to off-the-shelf commercial primers is helping scratched military vehicles heal themselves before corrosion starts, U.S. Navy developers say.


Feathers Inspire Fade-Free Paint

When pores on a bird’s feathers flock together, they give Ivy League researchers an idea for paint that never fades.


Termites Teach Tomorrow’s Builders

Need a crew that will work independently, intuitively, quickly and steadily—even when the foreman’s not watching?


Deep-Sea Pipes Get Medical Touch

An X-ray machine used to detect fractured bones is being souped up to give the same treatment to fractured pipelines in the crushing depths of the ocean.


Valspar Gifts $1M to Research Lab

Materials-science research at the University of Minnesota has taken a million-dollar step forward with help from The Valspar Corp.


3 Nations to Develop Structural Sensors

An international team of engineers will spend the next three years collaborating on a real-time monitoring system to sense potentially catastrophic structural weaknesses before they fail.


New Coating Nixes Chromate

A new coating for aluminum alloys eliminates toxic hexavalent chromium while retaining its anti-corrosion properties, developers say.


Anti-Corrosion Spray Underway

A graphene-based spray coating that would help multiple industries “easily and inexpensively” fight corrosion is the focus of a new program at the University of Central Florida's NanoScience...


Concrete Tells What Lies Beneath

Some cracks in concrete have been known to heal themselves, but they couldn’t report back on when they did or how the whole operation went. Now, ultrasound technology may change that.


Polymer, Heal Thyself—Over and Over

Self-healing material technology is not new, but scientists at the University of Illinois have moved the field a significant step forward.


DOD Targets ‘Culture’ of Corrosion

ORLANDO—It will take more than protective coatings to make a dent in the U.S. military's $23 billion-a-year campaign against corrosion.


EU Opens Multinational Biofouling Push

Eco-friendly marine coatings that leave slime behind are the focus of a new multimillion-dollar European Commission initiative spearheaded by AkzoNobel and the Dutch Polymer Institute.


Navy Seeks Housing That’s Fit to Print

Maybe Rome wasn’t built in a day, but tomorrow’s far-flung Navy bases just might be.


New NIST Coating Quells Foam Ignition

Government scientists have developed a nanocoating that dramatically cuts the flammability, melting and pooling of polyurethane foam—the source of hundreds of deaths and thousands of house f...


TBT Ban Lets Girl Snails Be Girls

Female snails burdened with penises on their heads are finally seeing some relief to their decades-long struggle with unwanted (and unusable) sex changes, thanks to—of all things—a coatings ...


Electricity Jolts Corrosion Research

Researchers have made a shocking discovery about bridge corrosion: Electricity may be able to detect rusting reinforcing steel.


NASA Coatings Seek Smoother Splats

Something is really bugging scientists at NASA, driving them to develop coatings to solve their pesty problem.


Stealth Coating Garners Defense Award

A new coating that helps submarines avoid detection has earned an Australian scientist a prestigious government defense award.


NACE Tallying Corrosion’s Global Cost

NACE International has launched a two-year global study to determine the financial and societal toll of corrosion on infrastructure, utilities, transportation, the military and other sectors...


Construction Fraud Tab: $860B

Money laundering, bid rigging, bribery and other types of fraud are now bleeding the global construction industry of about $860 billion a year—a tab that could nearly double by 2025, a new r...


New Camo Coating Tricks IR Cameras

A new coating that can hide its internal temperature from thermal sensors holds hot potential for a new class of military applications, say developers at Harvard University.


Marine Coatings Get R&D Funding Boost

Several projects aimed at improving shipyard coatings and inspection processes will get a $430,000 boost in funding from the National Shipbuilding Research Program.


Coating Claims Germ-Free Finish

German researchers are reporting the development of a coating with the potency to kill and deflect fungal and bacterial growth for years.


Coating Signals Corrosion Colorfully

A new corrosion-sensing coating that incorporates nanocapsules would flag underlying corrosion by changing colors, researchers say.


At MIT, Metal Heals Itself Under Force

The researchers were so surprised that they “had to go back and check” the result: Exerting force on the cracked piece of metal was causing the crack to mend—not pull apart.


How Sweet It Is: Cement from Sugar

A stronger, more durable new cement from Denmark holds a sweet secret.


‘Terminator’ Polymer Heals Without Help

Taking a cue from early ’90s movie magic, scientists in Spain have reported the first self-healing polymer that “spontaneously and independently repairs itself without any intervention.”


New Coatings Carry a Gourmet Touch

The latest coatings research has taken a tasty turn toward ingredients that non-chemists can not only pronounce, but actually consume: Wine. Tea. Chocolate.


Report: Crew Conflict Proves Costly

Do you shrug off hot tempers and crew dust-ups as a normal part of daily life on a job site? If so, stop shrugging and start soothing, because those beefs are costing you a lot more money th...


Newest Corrosion Weapon: Poison

For those who find blasting and coating too much work to fight corrosion, Australian materials engineers are reporting a new option: arsenic.


Concrete Key to Bigger Wind Towers

Engineers are giving wind power a boost—literally—by testing ways to increase energy production by making the towers 20 percent taller.


Axalta Invests $5M in Coatings Center

The old DuPont Performance Coatings business is making a new push into scaling up its coatings research and development, with a fresh $5 million infusion into its Coatings Technology Center ...


NSRP Seeks New Research Proposals

New coatings and surface prep technologies and other solutions for decreasing ship ownership costs, improving standards and reducing environmental impacts are some of the goals for a new rou...


Fear Seen in Injury Underreporting

Fear of firing, reluctance to undermine safety incentives, and assumptions that getting hurt is “part of the job” are fueling widespread under-reporting of work-related injuries in construct...


Painting a Solution to Eagle Deaths?

Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy is undertaking a major research effort to see if strategic painting of wind turbines can help reduce one of the industry’s toughest problems: p...


Robot is 1-Stop Building Demo Shop

An award-winning, multitasking robot named ERO may be the next hero of the building demolition and materials recycling industries.


Making Drinking Water out of Thick Air

We’ve all heard that you can’t get blood from a stone. But water from a desert billboard? Engineers in Lima, Peru, have worked with an ad agency to pull it off.


$1.5M Awarded for Thin-Film R&D

A United States military research and development agency awarded $1.5 million in a three-year project to develop new ways to apply thin-film coatings to military equipment without using exce...


When in Concrete, Doing as Romans Did

The structure of ancient Rome’s concrete marvels is revealing clues to make its modern successors more durable and sustainable, researchers have found.


USAF Offers $7M for Corrosion R&D

The U.S. Air Force Academy is making $7 million in grant money available for research and development of protective coatings, test methods and materials to fight corrosion.


Paint Pen Lights Up Projects

Forget pesky electrical upgrades. Who has time, when you can just paint them on? Thanks to an electrically conductive paint, almost any surface can be turned into a functioning light, and th...


Blinded by Light, Copper Resists Rust

Intense light can cancel out rust-forming properties on copper, yielding an environmentally friendly way to create propylene oxide, the basis for many coatings, engineers from the University...


The Robotic Future of Bridge Inspection

Robotic inspectors could soon be sweeping across the nation's bridges, collecting data and sending important structural information to their human counterparts.


Feds Do the Math on Maintenance

“Pay now or pay later” is the mantra of those who support rigorous maintenance of bridges, highways and other infrastructure.


NIOSH Urges Nano Exposure Limits

Nanotechnology holds great promise for paints and coatings, but those microscopic carbon nanotubes and fibers may also carry large risks for workers exposed to them, federal health officials...


And Now, Amber Waves of ... Concrete?

Here's food for thought: Those good-for-you grains that now stoke your morning cereal may soon also fortify your local dam, highway and bridge.


Static-Busting Paint Team Tops Contest

A team of university students has developed an additive that converts paint to a conductive coating for transportation—an invention that has netted them a $10,000 grand prize.


New MIT Coating Fit to Fight Frost, Fog

If opposites really do attract, a novel hybrid nanocoating with a love-hate relationship toward water could be just the thing to fight frost and fog on windshields, windows, optical equipmen...


Corrosion Chemist Wins Tess Award

The inventor of a magnesium-rich primer that delivers the same sacrificial protection as zinc-rich primers on ferrous substrates will receive the American Chemical Society's prestigious Roy ...


Ancient Organs Focus of Corrosion Study

An organ-playing chemist has found a way to combine her passion for music and science by studying corrosion in centuries-old organ pipes.


Protective Coating Skips Pretreatment

Researchers in Spain have developed a coating that reportedly offers enhanced corrosion protection to steel and other metals while eliminating the need for pretreatment.


Fish Sperm Holds Hot Coating Potential

DNA extracted from—believe it or not—the sperm of herring may unlock a new bio-future for flame-retardant coatings, according to novel research being conducted by Italian researchers.


Concrete Reuse Gets Bolt from the Blue

A flash of inspiration has led researchers to a remarkable new lightning-laced advance in recycling concrete.


Pipeline Agenda Includes Coating Plans

New pipeline coatings for integrity and corrosion prevention are a key part of the industry's $10.3 million research focus for 2013.


New Coating Helps Concrete Self-Heal

The world’s first self-healing protective coating for cracks in concrete is the promise of new research and development by a team of Korean scientists.


The Robotic Future of Repainting Roads

Robots guided by visual systems could be the future of transportation maintenance, particularly for the endless repainting of pavement markings on the nation's roadways, a new project sugges...


Researchers Power Up Solar Spray

New spray coating technology could hold the key to creating inexpensive, mass-produced solar cells on everything from car roofs to building facades, UK researchers say.


3D Printing Shoots for the Moon

The possibility of using 3D printing for construction has researchers over the moon—or literally on it, if all goes according to plan.


Texas A&M Launches Corrosion Center

Today's professionals and tomorrow's recruits in the war on corrosion, especially in the oil and gas sector, will have the help of a new national corrosion center focusing on the field's sci...


Defending Space with Spray Paint

Graffiti often pops up at unexpected heights and locations, but spray painting may also hold the key to deflecting asteroids from Earth, an aerospace researcher contends.


Corrosion? Yep, There’s an App for That

It won't threaten Fruit Ninja or Pandora, but a new reference-packed corrosion app for engineers is finding its own success.


Hull Coating Shakes Off Marine Scum

A novel coating will allow a ship to shed unwanted bacteria and marine scum with the flick of a switch, according to a group of engineers at Duke University.


Dutch Design Futuristic Highway

A futuristic highway that uses glow-in-the-dark, solar-powered paint to light up the road at night and warn drivers of treacherous conditions could change the future of travel for Dutch driv...


Death Star Petition Gets Response

The Force was strong, but Obi-Wan Kenobi may still be the only hope for over 34,000 people who signed a petition asking the U.S. government to build a Death Star.


Fire, Explosions Test Bridge Columns

Researchers are using explosives and extreme fire to test a new style of bridge column that could possibly withstand events like earthquakes or a major blast.


Engineers Dance to Structure’s Song

Listen up: Tuning into how a highway bridge sings in the rain can tell engineers a lot about the span's structural integrity, engineers at Brigham Young University have determined.


‘Rare Earth’ Coating Draws Rare Honor

The U.S. Department of Defense has chosen a new environmentally benign, corrosion-resistant coating for military aircraft and other weapons systems as a top project of 2012.


U.S. Research to Examine Nano Safety

Nanotechnology in paints and coatings is spreading like wildfire, but how safe are the popular micro-materials for humans and the environment in the long run? That is one question that U.S. ...


Nanocoating Tackles Soil Toxins

Seek and destroy. That's how nanoparticles in a new coating could potentially rid soil of dangerous toxins, a Canadian researcher has found.


5,800 Ask White House for ‘Death Star’

With the end of the world allegedly just two weeks away, it would seem much too late to begin hatching a new intergalactic weapon system. But if Dec. 21 passes non-apocalyptically, thousands...


NASA Paint Sprays Away New Car Smell

Love it or hate it, that “new car smell” is not healthy—or, it turns out, good for sensitive satellite instruments—driving NASA to find a way to spray it away.


'Bio-Concrete' Heals after Damage

Concrete infused with live bacteria that can knit their own repairs into the material is advancing in development under scientists in the Netherlands.


Paintballs vs. The Apocalypse

If a giant asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, who ya gonna call? Paintballers!


Curiosity Coating is Out of This World

A cosmic coating that stood up to four years of exposure on the International Space Station is now being used on the Mars Curiosity Rover to protect the craft's power unit as it collects dat...


Valspar Invests $30M in Research Center

Valspar’s past will house its future, as the company’s vintage former headquarters building is transformed into the new global hub of its R&D network.


Tiny Capsules Pack Friction-Free Punch

A new coating filled with tiny lubricant capsules could be the next advancement in self-healing coatings for metal surfaces that fall victim to friction.


Future Coatings Keep Car Stench Away

Pine tree-shaped air fresheners may become a thing of the past as researchers work on an interior car coating designed to fend off the stinky build-up of microorganisms.


‘Magic’ Coating Protects 100x Better

Graphene, a microscopically thin layer of carbon atoms invisible to the human eye, has been wowing researchers for the last few years.


Metal Protection Takes a Tasty Turn

Here’s juicy news for the protective coatings industry: The newest potential secret weapon in the war on corrosion comes from the date palm, cultivated for its edible sweetfruit.


Push for Paperless Paint, Pruned Prep

Less grinding, new coating protocols, and something called “paperless paint” top the crop of research projects that will share $1.8 million in new funding from the National Shipbuilding Rese...


Nanotube Coating Gets $100K R&D Boost

A new corrosion-resistant steel coating made with fullerene carbon nanotubes (CNTs) has drawn its third honor in less than a year—and, this time, a major grant to further development.


Exova Plans Global Corrosion R&D Effort

Exova, the world’s largest dedicated testing group, will establish a multimillion-dollar global network of laboratories, led by a new corrosion center, to research and develop solutions to t...


Coating Could Tame Explosive Boiling

A new superhydrophobic coating may help suppress explosive boiling reactions like those that can occur in nuclear reactors and other equipment exposed to water at high heat.


Seeing New Security in Invisible Codes

You won’t see it, but South Dakota researchers have created an invisible Quick Response (QR) code that could help reduce counterfeiting and increase security on printed documents.


Coatings Pull Slick Trick on Mussels

Silicone coatings are proving an effective new weapon in the Pacific Northwest’s war on invasive mussels.


Coatings Muscle in on Dam Mussels

Silicone foul-release coatings that have long protected ship hulls are now showing major promise against invasive mussels that plague much of the nation’s water and hydropower infrastructure...


JPCL Premieres Industry’s Top Thinkers

Want a personal introduction to 24 of the best and brightest in the protective and marine coatings industry? JPCL’s Top Thinkers: The Clive Hare Honors, a new special issue by JPCL: Journal ...


Combat Face Paint May Shield in Blasts

A new camouflage paint has proved effective at concealing soldiers from the enemy and protecting their faces and hands from the searing heat of bomb blasts, researchers say.


Budget Cuts Scrub ShipTech for 2013

ShipTech, a major Navy shipbuilding research conference held annually since 1998, has been mothballed for 2013.


Slime Fighter: Coating Evicts Biofilms

Biofilms—the slimy scourge of steel ship hulls and copper pipes—may permanently lose their footing on such structures with the aid of a new coating developed by Harvard scientists.


Study: Less Blasting May Save USN $10M

Why undertake the gargantuan task of removing a battleship’s entire underwater hull coating system when only a fraction of the coating is loose?


Coating May Paint Away Pestilence

Developers of a remarkable paint are amassing significant evidence that the coating can wipe out infestations of insects that carry deadly diseases in Latin America and Africa.


Oil-Repelling Coating Makes Strides

Mother Nature, the fairy godmother of many new coatings technologies, has yet another protective trick up her sleeve.


Pipeline Owners Hunt for Smarter PIGs

Under growing pressure by regulators and the public to step up safety, the pipeline industry has put in-line inspection technology (ILI) on the front burner.


Self-Healing Coating Defies Scratches

Less repainting of aircraft, algae-resistant ship surfaces, self-cleaning cars and unsmudgeable cell phones are among the wonders promised from a self-repairing coating being developed by Du...


Nature Imitated to Fight Fouling

Inspired by one of nature’s own defense mechanisms, scientists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in Germany have discovered that tiny vanadium pentoxide nanoparticles can inhibit ...


Paintable Battery is a Real Turn-On

Researchers at Rice University are lighting up the coatings world with news of a lithium-ion battery that can be spray-painted on virtually any surface.


Helping Surfaces Repel ‘the Drop on Top’

Imagine a bridge or pipeline where every drop of water simply fell off—never puddling, even in the smallest nooks and crannies.


‘Strain Paint’ Reveals Material Stress

Invisible stresses that threaten the integrity of bridges, aircraft and other structures could be unmasked by a new coating developed at Rice University.


New Harvard Coating Gives Ice the SLIPS

Harvard University researchers say they have invented a treatment that keeps any metal surface free of ice and frost by effortlessly shedding any condensation through gravity.


DOD Launches $1.4M Powder CARC Project

The Defense Department’s environmental research arm has tapped Sherwin-Williams to lead the development of a novel Chemical Agent Resistant Coating (CARC) powder topcoat for military vehicle...


Navy Coating Puts the Skids on Slips

Footing aboard those slick Navy decks and walkways is poised to improve with the introduction of a new non-skid shipboard coating developed by the Naval Research Laboratory.


Automotive Coatings Set for Tune-up

Sputtering and choking for five long years, the U.S. automotive coating industry is set to restart its engines and regain some ground in the next five, according to a new market report.


Coating Cloaks Subs in Sound of Silence

New coating-based cloaking technology could make U.S. Navy subs and unmanned undersea vehicles even stealthier, developers say.


Hot Dog! Coating Bests Ketchup Mess

Just in time for summer, protective-coating researchers at MIT have defeated a true global scourge: the sticky ketchup bottle.


Corrosion Studies Get Boost from PPG

Three University of Akron programs in corrosion and engineering will benefit this year from $25,000 in new grants from the PPG Industries Foundation.


Graphene Coating: Non-toxic Rust Buster

Scientists have a new secret weapon in their quest for a steel coating that effectively fights corrosion without using toxic compounds.


Can Paint Protect from Global Warming?

If reducing carbon emissions can’t stop global warming—and so far, it isn’t—why not throw paint at the problem?


Magnetic Coating Shows Sticking Power

Reports of the death of paper may be premature, as Italian researchers have developed a coating solution that can render cellulose fibers waterproof, antibacterial and even magnetic.


With New Coating, ‘Cotton Doesn’t Burn’

Materials scientists at Texas A&M University have unveiled an eco-friendly polymer coating that could keep everything from airplane seats to military tents from going up in flames.


JV to Develop Bio-Based Marine Coatings

The worldwide quest for nontoxic, low-drag, underwater marine coatings has two formidable new entrants.


Coated ‘Microsubs’ Hold Slick Potential

Tiny, specially coated machines may become the environmental tool of the future in cleaning up oil spills, University of California – San Diego researchers report.


Coating Harvests Energy from Heat

Purdue University researchers are developing a nanotech coating and process that harvest energy from hot pipes or engine components, potentially enabling the recapture of energy now wasted i...


Prof Licenses Green Protective Coating

An Eastern Michigan University coatings researcher has partnered with a Michigan-based company to commercialize a chromate-free protective coating developed by his team.


Army Recruiting ‘Omniphobic’ Coating

Hoping to clothe its troops against greater chemical, bacterial and viral threats, the Army is in the market for a new protective coating that can repel just about anything.


EPA Kills Green Chemistry R&D Plans

Without warning or explanation, the federal government has pulled the plug on a $20 million program to develop replacements for hazardous chemical substances and materials.


New Boeing Paint Saves Injuries, Time

Boeing has teamed up with Australia’s national science agency to produce an aircraft paint and application process that has not only saved millions of dollars, but also reduced painter injur...


New Coating May Reveal Plane Damage

Unseen cracks and other hidden damage to composite materials used in aircraft—a safety concern recently noted at the federal level—may get a boost from new coatings being developed to reveal...


‘Smart Sensors’ Track Bridge Corrosion

Engineers at Columbia University are developing “smart sensor” technology that could provide the world’s suspension bridges with the first real-time internal monitoring of a “silent killer”:...


GE Unveils Ice-Shedding Nanocoating

GE Global Research has developed new nanocoatings that not only shed ice but actually delay ice formation, even under extreme atmospheric conditions, the company says.


Dismissal, Plea in DuPont Secrets Cases

DuPont Chemical Co. has dropped a civil lawsuit against one former employee accused of sharing trade secrets, while another ex-employee has pleaded guilty in a similar criminal case.


Copper Upgrades for Lead Pipes May Backfire, Study Shows

The dangers of lead pipes in drinking-water systems are well established, but could the cure be even worse? Quite possibly, say researchers at Washington University in St. Louis.


Study: Nano Coatings Hold Mega Promise

The nanotech revolution that is sweeping the coatings industry may live up to its sizzling promise after all, with apparently few risks and huge potential for functional coatings of every ki...


Coating Maker Seeks R&D Manager

A leading global provider of protective and marine coatings is looking for a “forward-thinking R&D Technical Manager” at its Chicago location.


‘Atomically Thin’ is In, For Graphene Protective Coatings

Graphene, the wonder child of materials science, has yet another claim to fame: New research anoints it as the thinnest coating ever developed for protecting metals from corrosion.


AkzoNobel, Academe Partner on Corrosion

AkzoNobel has forged a five-year partnership with a leading UK corrosion research center to advance the study of corrosion prevention methods and technologies, including new coatings.


New Tech Center to Aid Corrosion Study

Corrosion technology, materials science, engineering and chemistry will be among the focuses of a new “market-driven” industrial research center being founded at North Dakota State Universit...


Coating Offers ‘Mirage’ of Invisibility

Recent coatings research has produced more “invisibility cloaks” than Harry Potter ever dreamed of. Now, University of Texas researchers have developed another one, using the so-called mirag...


BP Founds Corrosion Lab at U. of Alaska

BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. will donate $1 million to the University of Alaska Anchorage to establish the BP Asset Integrity and Corrosion Lab, scheduled to open in fall 2012.


UT Researcher Wins Tess Coating Award

A University of Texas researcher in membrane materials science and technology will receive the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings for 2012.


Scorpion Armor Inspires New Surfaces

The desert scorpion, champion survivor of a brutal corrosive environment, has a thing or two to teach scientists about protecting material surfaces.


Smart Paint Senses Structure Cracks

Scottish scientists are developing a low-cost “smart” paint that can detect microscopic faults in wind turbines, mines and bridges before structural damage occurs.


Corrosion Sensors Take on Splash Zones

UK researchers have announced the development of sensors that purportedly spot early signs of rebar corrosion in concrete, while standing up to long-term marine exposures.


New Coating Seen With ‘Invisible’ Graphene

Graphene, already a wonder material for its strength and thinness, now may hold the key to a new generation of non-invasive coatings, researchers say.


DoD Touts ‘No Mask’ Plating Process

New award-winning technology for electroplating of metal parts can—for the first time—eliminate the century-old, hazardous, tedious, error-prone step of hand masking, researchers say.


Report Names Coatings’ ‘Rising Stars’

Tomorrow’s winners in the protective coatings field will be companies that can juggle “extreme cost sensitivities and increasing environmental and regulatory considerations,” according to ne...


International Paint Marine/Protective Names New GM for Americas

International Paint LLC, an AkzoNobel company, has named Neil Plowman as the company’s new Marine & Protective Coatings General Manager, Americas.


UMass Nanocoating Can ‘Repair and Go’

Spot repair or total recoat? The old debate may be reshaped by a new nanocoating that can effectively nip surface damage in the bud, heading off larger problems and the need for a full-scale...


Paint Cues Scientists to Bridge Stress

Some people watch paint dry. Materials scientist Mark Iadicola watches it move—speck by speck. Iadicola’s work—capturing and analyzing 3D images of infinitely subtle paint movement—is part ...


British Air Gives New Coating a Lift

Flying high over its fuel savings, British Airways will expand its year-long trial of an anti-drag nanocoating to a second larger aircraft.


The Bright Stuff: Paint-on Solar Cells

Imagine generating electricity from light with a single coat of paint. That’s the gist of a new, inexpensive “solar paint” being developed at the University of Notre Dame.


Ship Coating Inspection Goes Digital

Navy researchers have developed a novel ship coating inspection process that is designed to be far safer, faster, cheaper and more accurate than current methods.


Valspar Opens R&D Center in China

Valspar Corp. has bolstered its rapidly growing presence in China with a new research and development center there.


U of Akron Joins Mexico Pipeline Study

A researcher with the University of Akron’s pioneering corrosion engineering program has been awarded more than $1 million to help study and assess Mexico’s pipeline corrosion issues.


WVU Method Wraps Up Bridge Problems

A unique structural wrapping technique, developed over the last 20 years, is providing a new affordable option to replacement of West Virginia’s many structurally deficient bridges.


Coatings, Corrosion Top Pipeline R&D

Pipeline corrosion and anti-corrosion coatings will top the pipeline industry’s $9 million research agenda in 2012.


Dur-A-Flex Names R&D, Marketing VP

Polymer floor and wall systems supplier Dur-A-Flex has named David Hughes vice president of marketing, research & development.


Team Reports Drag-Reducing Ship Coating

UK researchers have developed a new process to make custom coatings that could reduce the drag resistance and fuel consumption of ships and planes.


Team Turns 4D MRI Imaging on Pipelines

Physicists and engineers at the University of California-Berkeley have developed a new system to monitor and prevent pipeline ruptures using MRI medical technology.


New Coating ‘Flattens’ 3D Objects

Stealth aircraft and other top-secret military vehicles of the future may benefit from a new carbon nanotube coating that can render a 3D object flat.


Florock Launches Concrete Floor Epoxy

Epoxy flooring provider Florock has introduced a new concrete floor sealer/topcoat for industrial, commercial and light institutional applications.


Weed Fills a Need for Anti-Drag Coating

An invasive weed that clogs the world’s waterways has provided surprising inspiration for a promising new waterproof coating for boats and submarines.


‘Super Black’ Coating Flies at NASA

Think of it as the Darth Vader of coatings—absorbing all, reflecting nothing, and blacker than a Dark Side soul.


ACA Challenges VOC, Ozone Connection

Although tighter ozone regulations have been back-burnered for now, coatings makers aren’t taking any chances, continuing to muster data to build their case against tougher VOC limits.


Evonik Expands Green Coating R&D

Eco-friendly binders and additives for paints and coatings are a key focus of new research facilities being built by specialty chemical maker Evonik Industries.


Axion Patents Fire Coating, Process

Axion International Holdings Inc. has announced its third patent this year for a new fire-retardant coating technology.


Powder, New Tech Drive Coatings Growth

Led by powder coating and emerging technologies, the global paint and coatings market should grow at a modest clip over the next several years, totaling $116.4 billion by the end of 2015, a ...


New Leader, ‘Defining Moment’ For Pipeline Owners

The Pipeline Research Council International, a global R&D organization for the energy pipeline industry, has announced the election of Eric J. Amundsen, of Panhandle Energy, as chairman thro...


‘Heatable’ Paint Fights Ice Buildup

Research scientists at Battelle are developing a new anti-icing coating technology that deploys carbon nanotubes, offering lighter-weight aircraft protection that draws less power than tradi...


Ancient Paint Factory Discovered

Caveman coatings formulators? A newly unveiled cave in South Africa contains the rudiments of a lab for making protective or decorative paint, pushing back the invention of ancient formulat...


‘Force Field’ Coating Resists Blasts

Harnessing nanotechnology and polymer science, the Navy has helped develop a spray-on protective coating that, depending on application thickness, makes surfaces blast-, ballistic- and fire-...


Zapping Steel Seen to Halt Corrosion

Pulses, rather than paint, may prove to be the next big thing in protecting structural steel from corrosion.


Swedes Tout Barnacle-Busting Coating

“If you can’t beat’em, don’t breed’em” seems to be the theory behind a new toxin-free antifouling developed by a team of Swedish scientists.


Eureka! Zero Waste Coating Emerges

A revolutionary powder coating technology that is said to eliminate solid and liquid waste and VOC emissions during application has won Australia’s top science honor.


‘BacillaFilla’ is a Crack Fix Thrilla

A team of students in the UK has engineered bacteria that can knit together cracks in concrete structures by producing a special glue.


Hungry Plant Inspires Slippery Coating

The crafty pitcher plant, which traps its prey by creating a slick surface, has inspired Harvard scientists to create a liquid-repellant coating that works much the same way.


Hempel Expands Fire Coating R&D

Protective coatings maker Hempel has announced significant expansion of its R&D effort into intumescent coatings.


NASA Reaches Gold-Coated Milestone

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has reached a major milestone: completion of the coating process for the mirrors that will fly aboard the premier observatory of the next decade.


Water-Repellant Coatings Advance

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh say they have overcome a key drawback to a highly desirable corrosion inhibitor: superhydrophobic coatings.


Judge Upholds ‘Diamond Coating’ Suit

Hitachi, Toshiba and a host of other manufacturing giants are mobilizing their defenses against a coatings patent infringement lawsuit, now that a federal judge has allowed the suit to go fo...


R&D Targets Oil & Gas Pipe Corrosion

Research underway at Scotland’s University of Aberdeen is poised to provide a new model for corrosion assessment to enhance oil and gas safety.


Industry Loses DeFelsko Founder

Frank Koch, president and founder of DeFelsko Corp., died Aug. 8 from the effects of a stroke he had suffered several days earlier.


Army, Tesla Pioneer Carbon Nanocoating

Super strong, electrically conductive, wear resistant and offering electrostatic discharge protection, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have long held major potential for structural materials.


Crops Yield New Bio-Coating Recipes

Sugarbeets, sunflowers, soybeans and other crops could play a major role in bio-based resins and protective, marine and other coatings being developed by researchers at North Dakota State Un...


Java Jolts Coating Thickness Research

Coffee spills are brewing a whole new frontier in coatings research. Credit the so-called “coffee ring effect,” named for the humble stain that is inspiring scientists at the University of P...


Center Showcases Instant Curing R&D

RadTech International: The Association for UV & EB Technology will mark its silver anniversary with a new research, development and industrial testing center that is set to strut its stuff a...


Ethanol Said to Worsen Pipeline Cracks

The boom in ethanol and other biofuels may be a serious bust for the nation’s existing pipeline network, a new government study shows.


$24.5M for Coatings Research Keeps Mach 2.5 Raindrops Fallin’

Supersonic rain experiments and other leading-edge protective coatings testing will continue at the University of Dayton Research Institute, thanks to a new $24.5 million contract from the U...


Coated ‘Super Sand’ Helps Purify Water

Coatings researchers in Texas and Australia are touting a new coating that transforms ordinary sand–a mainstay filter material used to purify drinking water worldwide–into a “super sand” wit...


Coating Builds Fire ‘Armor’ on Foam

Gram for gram, novel carbon nanofiber-filled coatings devised by researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Texas A&M University have reportedly outperfor...


Tiny Robots Tackle Nuclear Monitoring

A tiny robot may hold the solution to one of the nuclear industry’s biggest safety challenges: inspecting the interior of underground pipes for leaks.


‘Smart Skin’ Coating Harvests Energy

It resists UV degradation. It fights corrosion. It creates ultra-water-resistant surfaces. And now, researchers say, coatings using the wonder material graphene can harvest energy.


New JV Targets Chromate-Free Pigments

Crosslink, a developer of electroactive polymers, has announced a joint venture with Wayne Pigment Corp. to commercialize hexavalent chromium-free corrosion inhibitor pigments for military a...


Shop-Towel Wars: Textile Rental Association Weighs In

The Textile Rental Services Association of America (TRSA) has described as “frivolous” the claims in a recent study that laundered shop towels contain potentially dangerous levels of heavy m...


Critics Rap Shop Towel Study

A study suggesting potentially excessive exposure to heavy metals in laundered shop towels, reported in the July 20 edition of this Newsletter, has been met with skepticism about its objecti...


Laundering Doesn’t Protect Against Heavy Metals, Study Shows

A study by an environmental and risk science consulting firm shows that commercially laundered shop towels contain levels of heavy metals that could expose workers to unsafe exposure.


Eric Kline To Present Webinar on One-Coat Systems

The results of FHWA research on laboratory and field performance of both one-coat and long-term coating systems for bridges will be the subject of the SSPC/JPCL Education Series Webinar, “On...


Seeds Float Antifouling Coating Idea

Floating seeds may hold the secret to more effective, non-toxic marine antifouling coatings, German researchers report.


Taiwan Navy Develops Stealth Coating

Taiwan’s navy has successfully tested a new radar-absorbent coating, the country’s first “stealth” technology material, local media are reporting.


Coating Said to Heal Without Catalyst

Scientists are reporting the development of a coating for steel that heals itself after being scratched, without any catalyst and at relatively low temperatures.


Non-Toxic Coating Developed To Slow Fire, Reduce Smoke

Taiwanese researchers have developed a non-toxic, ignition-resistant, fire-protection technology that can be used as a coating, composite or a variety of other materials.


Nanosilica Used to Strengthen Concrete

Revamping the nanoscale chemical reactions that cause concrete structures to crack and erode is the focus of promising new research at Stevens Institute of Technology.


$460K Grant Fuels Bridge Deck R&D

The Federal Highway Administration has awarded a $460,305 grant to a New York-based venture to develop and demonstrate corrosion-resistant, lightweight bridge decking for rapid installation ...


AkzoNobel Expands Fire Protection R&D

AkzoNobel has opened a $10.2 million fire protection coatings research facility at its Felling site in the UK—part of a $14.6 million research, development and innovation initiative.


Concrete Said to Add 20 Years to Bridges

Canadian researchers are touting the development of a more durable concrete that purportedly will increase the average lifespan of bridge decks by more than 20 years, compared to typical hig...


Grant Heats Up ‘Icephobic’ Coating R&D

A National Science Foundation grant is expected to light a fire under research aimed at developing a coating that can repel snow and ice—a performance characteristic that could hold critical...


NASA ‘Smart Coating’ Eyes Hidden Rust

Imagine a protective coating that not only resists corrosion, but singlehandedly sniffs it out even before it’s visible and springs into action to repair the damage.


Study: Hull Coating Cheaper Than Fuel

Now hear this, ship owners: Paint now, or pay later.


Ship Research Program Seeks Proposals

The National Shipbuilding Research Program has issued its Research Announcement (RA) 10-01 keep embedded link for 2011, inviting proposals in 10 general topic areas.


AkzoNobel Widens Global RD&I Network

AkzoNobel has expanded its research hub in Deventer, the Netherlands, opening a new laboratory that the company says will play a pivotal role in its ambition to drive future growth through i...


New Steel May Not Need Coating

Will protective coatings become obsolete? Two manufacturers are boasting the development of new steel materials that are reportedly as tough as their conventional counterparts but with far m...


Corrosion Studies Program Gets $11M

The Rust Belt is well on its way to becoming the Rust Control Belt, with millions of dollars in new contributions nurturing the University of Akron’s pioneering corrosion research program.


Pipeline, Chemical Roads Lead to TX

Long favored for its ports and its business-friendly ways, Texas is drawing a new flurry of investment and activity from the pipeline and chemicals industries.


EU to Plow $1.4B into Graphene R&D

Graphene, the new wonder child of materials science, will be the focus of a 10-year, 1 billion euro ($1.45 billion US) research project designed by Cambridge University.


Lasers May Slice Pipeline Rust, Cost

UK engineering experts are combining laser and powder metals technologies to develop a lower-cost method for producing a high-strength, corrosion-resistant alloy for pipeline flanges.


Researchers Cry Fowl on Car Paint

The next time you’re cursing a bird whose excretory calling card just ate into your car finish, you might want to blame the paint, not the poop.


‘Paint Drones’ May Aid Next US Hunt

Here’s an application quandary: How do you leave a paint mark on someone without him knowing about it?


Navy Awards $41M Corrosion R&D Deal

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has signed a $41 million contract with the Navy to develop a research program focusing on materials degradation and advanced materials d...


Dings Undone: Coating Heals Itself

A new polymer that heals itself within seconds under light offers a future vision of cars, floors and other coated surfaces free of scratches, scuffs and dings.


Corrosion-Detecting Coating Patented

UK scientists have patented a thermal barrier coating (TBC) that contains an indicator material that can detect and signal corrosion.


Coatings Could Protect Jets from Ash

New ceramic coatings originally developed to protect jet engines from airborne sand could also protect against the kind of volcanic ash that brought air traffic over Europe to a standstill l...


Breakthrough Self-Healing Coating Cited

Imagine a water-reactive, self-healing protective coating that avoids both the challenges of two-component systems and the over-release of corrosion inhibitors.


Axion Licenses Flame-Retardant Coating

Axion International, producer of industrial building products and railroad ties made from recycled plastic, has received a distribution license for a newly patented halogen-free flame-retard...


Researcher: New Materials Could Prevent Nuke Disasters

Next-generation claddings and perhaps coatings may head off future nuclear disasters, but only if the United States is willing to return the research to the front burner, says a scientist wh...


Coating Work May Yield Safer Fuel Rods

Could better cladding on nuclear fuel rods prevent potentially catastrophic leakage when they are exposed in a reactor accident?


$2M Grant Fuels R&D On Greener Infrastructure Coating

With a $2 million R&D jumpstart from a technology nonprofit, the University of Akron and MesoCoat Inc. of Euclid will partner work on an emissions-reducing metal coating for infrastructure.


Coating the Key to a Perfect Beer?

Coatings may hold the secret to an age-old quest: how to pour a stout beer with a perfect head.


Ex-DuPont Chemist Sued Over Trade Secrets

DuPont Powder Coatings has filed suit to stop a longtime senior research chemist from sharing pipe coating trade secrets with competitors—including a South Korean firm he joined after abrupt...


ND Researcher Wins Tess Coating Award

Dr. Dean C. Webster, a veteran researcher in high-performance polymers and non-toxic antifouling coatings, will receive the American Chemical Society’s Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings for 2011...


Army Develops Munitions ‘Mood’ Paint

Army engineers are developing a new color-changing paint formula that will tell soldiers if their ammunition is safe to use just by looking at the color.


EPA Funds R&D for Nanocoating Risks

The billion-dollar-plus boom in nanocoating technology will be getting a closer look as several federally funded studies undertake to study the risks of nanomaterials.


Marine Trial Nets Antifouling Promise

Commercial fishing operations with extreme antifouling needs may want to coat something besides their hulls, scientists say.


DOD Deploys Robots for Coating Removal

The Department of Defense is training a new soldier in its war on corrosion: robots that can remove coatings.


BASF Hikes R&D, Sells Coatings Unit

BASF SE spent a record $2 billion on research and development in 2010 and will top that this year, putting the chemical giant on track to generate more than $10 billion from innovation effor...


Graphene Trick Could Make Hulls Slick

Giving graphene a Teflon-like tweak with nanotechnology could soon produce some of the smoothest, sleekest ship hull coatings ever, a team of researchers says.


Coatings May Tap the Muscle of Mussels

The legendary sticking power of mussels in a marine environment is giving coatings researchers some valuable lessons in adhesion.


UV Heals New Polymer Repeatedly

U.S. and Japanese scientists have developed a polymer that can heal itself over and over again when irradiated with UV light.


Water Researchers to Study Coating Options for Lead, Copper Lines

New coating and lining technologies that might serve as alternatives to lead service line replacement will be the focus of federally funded research by the Water Research Foundation.


AZ Pilots ‘Cool’ Asphalt Pavement

A black asphalt Arizona parking lot that reaches 200 degrees in the summertime has been replaced with a solar-reflective “green” pavement that can withstand heavy traffic and decrease surfac...


Software Predicts Ship Coating Needs

FLAGSHIP, the European maritime transport project partly funded by the EU, has announced the development of software that can forecast the condition of a ship’s coatings, structure and compo...


BAE’s ‘E-Ink’ to Make Tanks Invisible

UK defense contractor BAE Systems says it is developing “electronic ink” technology that can camouflage military vehicles, rendering them essentially invisible.


Coatings Applied Research Center on Fast Track

Plans for a new Center for Coatings Applied Research and Education (C-CARE) are moving swiftly in Virginia, where the project has just gained a variety of approvals and a $1 million shot in ...


MIT Puts Chill on Anti-Icing Coatings

Researchers at MIT and GE have dealt a setback to the development of coatings to fight ice buildup, saying that such coatings do not work and may even lead to more ice.


Green Fuels May Speed Tank, Pipeline Corrosion

Ethanol fuels may be good for the environment, but not for the pipelines that transport and store them, new research indicates.


Waterjet Technology Takes Aim at IEDs

A device that shoots a blade of water capable of penetrating steel is headed to U.S. troops in Afghanistan to help them disable deadly Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs—the No. 1 killer ...


DuPont Opens $30M Coatings R&D Center

DuPont Performance Coatings has launched a new $30 million research and development facility dedicated to automotive, protective and marine coatings.


‘Bad Bacteria’ Found Aboard Titanic; Bad & Good News for Marine Industry

A new form of aggressively corrosive bacteria found growing on the sunken Titanic could hold major implications for new protective marine coatings and future ship demolition, research...


Dolphins Keep Coatings R&D in the Swim

Taking a lesson from dolphins, pilot whales and other animals with anti-fouling skins, a multinational research consortium is using nanotechnology to create synthetic, chemical-free, anti-ba...


New NASA Coating is Blacker than Black

Black is black, right? Not so, according to a team of NASA engineers now developing a blacker-than-pitch material that will help scientists gather hard-to-obtain scientific measurements and ...


Tank Coating, Blasting Studies Win NSRP Grants

Research on “single coat” tank coatings and “spot and sweep” blasting are among the potential cost-saving measures to be evaluated with grants from the National Shipbuilding Research Program...


USGS: Sealcoat Toxins Pervade Lakes

Coal-tar-based pavement sealant is the largest source of toxic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) found in 40 urban lakes recently studied by the U.S. Geological Survey.


Team Finds Way to Reduce Silver Coating Toxicity

Safer coatings materials containing silver may be close at hand, thanks to new research by Finnish researchers.


Chinese Academy Forms Ocean Corrosion Alliance

The Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Oceanology (IOCAS) has founded a marine anti-corrosion alliance that unites the efforts of 13 research groups and 13 industry companies.


Swiss R&D Team Focuses on Anti-Freeze Coatings

Specialty chemicals supplier Clariant is working with a Swiss engineering school and other organizations to develop coatings that will prevent ice from sticking to surfaces and water from fr...


Nature Inspires Navy Coatings Effort

Navy scientists are tapping some of Mother Nature’s tricks in developing a new generation of water-repellant coatings for ship hulls and other applications.


Coatings De-Ice, Defoul Subs, Jets in Operation

A Connecticut technology start-up has patented a multilayer composite polymer coating system that can de-ice aircraft in flight and defoul periscope head windows.


Purple Wind Turbines Could Save Wildlife

The deadly interaction of wind turbines and wildlife has long vexed both the wind industry and ecologists, but a UK research team may have an answer: Paint them purple.


Nanocontainers Boost Corrosion Protection

Dispersions of nanocontainers loaded with corrosion inhibitors can boost corrosion protection, whether applied to bare metallic substrates or incorporated into coatings, researchers have fou...


Zinc Coating Work Holds Low-Friction Promise

Japanese researchers say they have discovered a way to manipulate zinc oxide coatings to maintain their low-friction characteristics and even reduce friction in any environment—a finding tha...


Project Goal: Image Pipelines through Coating

Research into high-resolution imaging that can detect pipeline corrosion through coatings is underway, thanks to $5.9 million in federal grants for new pipeline integrity management initiati...


Protective Pigments Get Mixed Grades in Study

Two zinc-based pigments provided good anti-corrosion protection, while a calcium ferrite performed poorly in an eight-year study of anti-corrosion pigments in an actual urban setting, an Arg...


Coating May Help Handle Dirty Super-Critical CO2

Scientists are working on development of an anti-corrosion protective coating for the interior of pipelines and process equipment involved in post-combustion carbon capture at fossil fuel pl...


Coating Technique Pulls, Traps Water on Fabric

Tomorrow’s high-performance membranes for military and industrial use may draw on a new coatings technique that actually transfers water on a piece of fabric exclusively in one direction, ra...


Oyster Study May Help Ship Coatings

Lessons learned from declining oyster reefs may hold promise for developing coatings that prevent marine bioadhesion and keep ship hulls clean, researchers say.


Nanocoatings May Go for the Gold

More durable paint with an intensified color spectrum is among the possibilities now that an Australian scientist has discovered a way to disperse gold nanoparticles evenly through plastic.


Saudi R&D Spotlights Coatings, Salt, Pipelines

Nano-structured coatings, salt-removal products, and pipeline sensors top the projects in active development by the new Advanced Materials Group at Saudi Aramco’s Research and Development Ce...


Yale Finds Reason to Watch Paint Dry

Contrary to the old saying, watching paint dry can be quite interesting when the goal is to study coatings failure, and a team of Yale researchers has developed a method to do just that.


Abstracts Due Aug. 14 for Waterborne Symposium

Saturday (Aug. 14, 2010) is the deadline to submit abstracts for papers to be presented at the 38th Waterborne Symposium in 2011.


Carnegie Mellon Plans ‘Smarter Infrastructure’ Lab

IBM and Carnegie Mellon University will create a collaborative lab at the university to undertake research and create technologies to help cities, governments and industries worldwide develo...


Edwards Coatings Tech Center Breaks Ground

The Western Coatings Technology Center, named for the CEO of Dunn-Edwards Corp., is officially underway at California Polytechnic State University.


Research Funded for Marine Coatings Work, Safety

Studies related to coating work are among projects funded this year by the National Shipbuilding Research Program’s (NSRP) Executive Control Board (ECB).


 
 
   

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