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Atomic Study Creates Anti-Corrosion Material

A research group in China recently made a discovery that may help in the development of new anti-corrosion coatings.


Coating Removes Pollutants from Water

Can coatings help remove pollutants from water? That’s precisely the conclusion that research out of Singapore is pointing toward.


Swiss Firm Develops New Concrete Additive

A startup firm associated with a Swiss university says its newly developed additive can help to control many properties of concrete, leading to harder material that's slower to deteriorate.


US Infrared Firm Gets Vantablack Rights

A California infrared instrumentation company has laid claim to the so-called “world’s blackest black” coating, making a deal with the ultra-black material’s developers for its exclusive use...


Scientists Work Toward ‘Flawless’ Graphene

Graphene has been touted as a super-strong nanomaterial that could change the world of coatings, providing a friction-free, wear-resistant coating layer that can prevent corrosion. But its l...


Material Measures the ‘Mood’ of Structures

Mood rings may have been a fleeting fad of the 1970s, but researchers at Vanderbilt University are using the basic concept as a means of detecting damage in failing infrastructure before it ...


Team Focuses on Coating Color Changes

New coatings could produce a range of colors based on nanostructures rather than pigments, says a group of researchers at work on a thin, scratch-resistant coating they say “could be a real ...


Specialty, E-coat Products Make R&D List

Industrial and specialty coating products from automotive and aerospace electrocoats to corrosion- and chemical-resistant coatings for food packaging were honored in this year's R&D 100, a l...


Scientists Try to Stress Out Coatings

Researchers at one Singapore science and technology agency are looking at coating material microstructures in order to make protective coatings even tougher.


Lab Unveils Self-Healing Anti-Wear Film

A new coating discovered at Argonne National Laboratory could find a role in engines and other mechanisms, as it not only reduces wear, but also regenerates itself with the help of lubricati...


Corrosion Inhibitor Made to Withstand Salt

A new anticorrosion coating from Cortec Corporation is said to boast considerable salt spray resistance at very low film thickness.


Shower Predicament Inspires New Coating

It’s a frustrating situation every time you’re down to the end of a bottle of body wash: You know there’s more in there, but it just won’t come out of the bottle. But it could be a problem o...


MIT Research Looks to Redesign Concrete

Biomaterials are the inspiration for a new recipe for cement paste that researchers at MIT have developed, and the result could be a more sustainable and durable kind of concrete, and struct...


Vantablack Coating Hits Space

The blackest coating on earth has made it into orbit.


Nanomaterials Could Stop Asphalt Cracks

Most of the paved roads we travel are surfaced with asphalt, and it’s not uncommon to see their surface cracking—but some Swiss scientists are hoping their new technology will make asphalt c...


New Coatings Inhibit Corrosion, Biofilms

A Saarbrucken, Germany-based research center is working on coatings advancements intended to benefit anticorrosion and antifouling applications.


Coating Technology to Repel Water, Dirt

Researchers have developed a process for making transparent coatings that they say will help repel water and dirt from various substrates.


New Coating Stays Dry, Even Under Water

A group of engineers have discovered a new way to keep surfaces dry underwater, and their findings could eventually work their way into antifouling, pipe and marine coatings.


Green Polyurethanes Capture Blue Ribbon

WASHINGTON--Polyurethanes tough enough for industrial use without hazardous isocyanates have bested scores of technologies to win a 2015 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.


Coating a Longer Missile Launcher Life

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, OH—A new, green coating technology can provide tenfold improvement in corrosion and wear resistance on missile launchers, its U.S. Air Force developers say.


U.S. Proposes More Nano Reporting

WASHINGTON, DC—As nanotechnology takes over everything from coatings to construction materials, federal regulators want to know more about the risks posed to human health and the environment...


Coating Claims Physical Self-Repair

NEI Corporation says its new intermediate coating physically mends itself when damaged.


Tobacco Virus Inspires Hot Coating

Viruses that once plagued tobacco leaves are now the unlikely template for a coating that can triple the speed of boiling for industrial processes.


Pavement Research Takes No Snow Days

Slippery, electrically charged and hot-water-heated technologies are the basis of new methods being developed to keep airport runways clear of snow and ice.


Award Gives Graphene Coating $500k Lift

A South Dakota researcher will receive $500,000 to develop graphene-based corrosion-resistant coatings for infrastructure.


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.


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.


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.


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...


Nanocoatings Set for Mega Growth

Good things come in small packages, as the global market for nanotech-based coatings is poised to show, according to a new forecast.


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.


Protective Coating Shuns Heavy Metal

Tesla NanoCoatings has introduced a high-performance corrosion-control coating without cadmium, lead and other heavy metals found in zinc-rich coatings.


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.


Coating Changes Color under Pressure

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Smart Coatings Turn on Tomorrow

Functional coatings that respond to their environment could be a critical piece of tomorrow's energy puzzle—but only if the price is right, a new report says.


Clear Coat Restores Oxidized Paint

A new clear coating offers a long-term solution to restore original properties, according to developer Nanovere Technologies LLC.


Tesla Announces $50M Investment

Protective coatings maker Tesla NanoCoatings says it is poised for significant growth with a new "strategic partnership" and major investment by a Korean chemical firm.


Zapping a Safer Nanocoating

“Serious health and safety concerns” over nanoparticles in the newest paints and coatings is driving innovative European technology to make those products safer and less environmentally dama...


Feds Recommend Nanomaterial Controls

As makers of paints, coatings and other products reap the rewards of the nanotech boom, federal health and safety experts are racing to keep up with the risks.


Coating Signals Corrosion Colorfully

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


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.


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...


Feds Map Regulatory Plans for 2013

Outdated exposure limits, reinforced steel, nanotechnology, and confined spaces are among the critical health and safety issues slated for federal action this year.


Nanocoatings Wipe Restores Paint

Older industrial, marine and automotive paint applications may see new life with a new wipe-on nanocoating designed to permanently restore color, gloss, and surface hardness.


 
 
   

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