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2D Coating Research Moves to Second Phase

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

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Announced earlier this year, the Center for Atomically Thin Multifunctional Coatings (ATOMIC) has reported that it’s preparing to move to phase two of its program, which is focused on the study and development of 2D materials.

The program is a part of National Science Foundation’s Industry and University Cooperative Research Center project and is led by Penn State’s Materials Research Institute (MRI). The center also works in collaboration with Rice University and has recently added a third research site at Boise State University.

"We are extremely excited about moving to Phase II as the new phase now includes Boise State as a new site, and companies working on electronics and devices will be joining,” said Mauricio Terrones, Penn State Verne M. Willaman Professor of Physics and distinguished professor of physics, chemistry, and materials science and engineering, and director of ATOMIC.

“This demonstrates the solid foundations built during ATOMIC Phase-I regarding the reliable synthesis of 2D materials, that are now mature for building multifunctional electronic devices and sensors. Therefore, now we will be maturing innovative technologies that are closer to markets and with higher technology-readiness levels."

Penn State University

Announced earlier this year, the Center for Atomically Thin Multifunctional Coatings (ATOMIC) has reported that it’s preparing to move to phase two of its program, which is focused on the study and development of 2D materials.

In the second phase, while ATOMIC will receive slightly less funding from the NSF, it plans to add more member companies as collaborative partners. Although, the task has proved to be challenging in recent pandemic-control restrictions on travel and meetings. However, according to David Fecko, MRI director of industry research collaborations, newly added Boise State brings specific capabilities to the table.

“One example is Boise state has a lot of expertise in development of inks using 2D materials, and in application of the inks by numerous ink-jet printing capabilities,” Fecko said. “These processes find particular usefulness in high-volume manufacturing situations such as roll-to-roll processing of flexible electronics.”

Through the center, the universities can run high-reward projects in world-class research facilities that can result in shared intellectual property from these projects being available to the center’s industry and university members. Additional advantages also include improved talent scouting, cutting-edge-materials development insights, more networking opportunities, and relationship-building opportunities.

In the second phase, the universities plan to focus on the design and development of 2D coatings — one-atom-thick materials—that have unique properties making them suitable for a variety of industrial and research applications. Through their collaborated studies, they hope to create new technologies in relation to corrosion, oxidation and abrasion resistance, friction and wear, energy storage and harvesting, multifunctional sensors and actuators, anti-bacterial, anti-fouling and catalysis.

“We are excited about the next chapter in ATOMIC, especially with the continued partnership of Rice and the addition of Boise State University that will continue to expand our expertise in 2D materials and coatings,” Joshua Robinson, co-director of ATOMIC and Penn State associate professor of materials science and engineering. “Our members are always looking for the next breakthroughs in coating technology, and Boise brings a new angle to creating next-generation coatings via printing.”

Along with Terrones and Robinson running the Penn State ATOMIC site, the Boise State site director is David Estrada and the Rice site director is Jun Lou.

ATOMIC History

Several years back, Penn State and Rice University were reported by PaintSquare Daily News to have launched the new Pennsylvania State University research center at Penn State’s University Park campus. At the time, researchers planned to study and develop atomically thin coatings.

In this self-described one-of-a-kind university/industry center, the team planned to design and develop advanced two-dimensional coatings engineered to solve fundamental scientific and technological challenges. At the time, the university described the potential to exploit the distinctive properties of two-dimensional nanoscale coating materials in glass and polymer manufacturing, automotive and electronics sectors, civil infrastructure, and marine antifouling and anticorrosion coatings.

According to the National Science Foundation, the I/UCRC Program provides the chance for colleges and universities with research capabilities to partner with other key institutions and conduct “industrially relevant” research, receive seed funding and recognition as an NSF research center with access to professional resources and guidance aimed toward enhancing global competitiveness.

For industry, government and other organizations with research needs, program provides the means to leverage research and development (R&D) investments with university centers known for their research capabilities.

The centers are meant to conduct research relevant to both industry and the school it is partnered with; the industry is required to provide major support to the center at all times.

   

Tagged categories: Coating Materials; Coating Materials; Coatings Technology; Colleges and Universities; NA; North America; Research and development

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