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Specialty, E-coat Products Make R&D List

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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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 list of notable recent scientific developments.

automotive electrocoat
Courtesy of PPG

PPG's Enviro-Prime EPIC Electrocoat with Organic Catalyst, for use by automotive original equipment manufacturers, is designed to provide resistance to corrosion and chemicals, in a water-based, environmentally friendly formulation.

The list was unveiled Nov. 3 at the R&D 100 Conference, sponsored by R&D Magazine. It was the 54th edition of the conference, and the list. Products brought to market between Jan. 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016, were eligible for the honors. The awards have earned the nickname “the Oscars of invention.”

Glass and Surface Coatings

Nanostructured Anti-Reflecting and Water-Repellent Surface Coatings, developed at Brookhaven National Lab, made the list, designed to texture substrates including silicon, glass and some plastics. The nanotech “coatings,” actually a layer etched into the substrate, could be useful in applications including self-cleaning solar cells.

Brookhaven Lab nanotech
Brookhaven National Lab

Brookhaven National Laboratory's nanotech “coatings,” actually a layer etched into the substrate, could be useful in applications including self-cleaning solar cells.

Solarban 90 Glass, from glass manufacturer Vitro, is reportedly the first architectural glass to incorporate PPG’s “quad-silver” coating technology to help transmit daylight while blocking the heat of the sun’s radiation. It was honored for its potential to decrease climate-control costs in buildings.

Electrocoat Honors

PPG was honored for the development of Enviro-Prime EPIC Electrocoat with Organic Catalyst. The electrocoat product, for use by automotive original equipment manufacturers, is designed to provide resistance to corrosion and chemicals, in a water-based, environmentally friendly formulation that complies with increasing environmental regulations.

Also making the list from PPG was Aerocron 2100 aerospace electrocoat primer, developed in conjunction with the Air Force Research Lab's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. Aerocron 2100 is a water-based, chrome-free primer that, according to its developers, performs comparably with chrome-based products. Chromium-based products are being targeted for reduction or elimination because of health hazards associated with the substance.

Other Coating Developments

Dow Coating Materials made it onto this year’s list with its Canvera polyolefin dispersions. Designed for use in interior coatings for steel and aluminum food and beverage containers, Canvera dispersions are said to help protect the substrate from corrosion, and protect the food or beverage from direct contact with the metal.

R&D 100 winners receive plaques and marketing opportunities provided by R&D Magazine.

   

Tagged categories: Aerospace; Asia Pacific; Automotive coatings; Awards and honors; Coating Materials; Coatings Technology; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; Nanotechnology; North America; OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers); PPG; Research and development; U.S. Air Force

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