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Research Taps Janus Particles for Smart Coatings

Iowa State University, along with Binghamton University, have coauthored a study showing that nanoparticles known as Janus particles could be the key to more environmentally friendly paints ...


Researchers Develop Self-Cleaning Solar Coating

India’s Department of Science and Technology has recently touted a development from its International Research Center for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials that it says can keep solar pane...


Nouryon to Research Ultra-Thin Coatings

Specialty chemicals company Nouryon is partnering up with U.S.-based startup Forge Nano to explore ultra-thin coatings called atomic layer deposition.


Researchers Create New Method for Nanofiber

A discovery out of the University of Michigan could lead to a new coatings from an array of nanofibers—from sticky, to repellent, to insulating, to light-emitting.


Researchers Create New Method for Nanofiber

A discovery out of the University of Michigan could lead to a new coatings from an array of nanofibers—from sticky, to repellent, to insulating, to light-emitting.


Free Webinar: Nanotech in Coatings

Durability + Design will host a free webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 10, entitled: "Nanotechnology Applications Within the Protective Coatings Industry.”


Research Shows Future for Graphene Gilding

Graphene—an atom-thin later of carbon that’s been touted for its strength and conductivity—has found a new use thanks to some engineers at the University of Illinois: The so-called supermate...


Engineers See Big Future for Graphene Gilding

Graphene—an atom-thin later of carbon that’s been touted for its strength and conductivity—has found a new use thanks to some engineers at the University of Illinois: The so-called supermate...


Australian Firm Touts Conductive Concrete

An Australia-based advanced material technology company announced Monday that it has developed a formulation of graphene-enhanced concrete that has shown high degrees of electrical conductiv...


Australian Firm Touts Conductive Concrete

An Australia-based advanced material technology company announced Monday that testing has shown high degrees of electrical conductivity in a formulation of graphene-enhanced concrete it deve...


Edie Laquer Files Suit Over Protective Coatings

An allegedly defective coating is to blame for a lawsuit between famed real estate broker Edie Laquer and Florida-based protective coatings company Glass-On Solutions.


Coatings Innovations Make R&D Finalist List

A number of coating- and adhesive-related developments from manufacturers and labs large and small are finalists in this year’s R&D 100, an annual awards program presented by R&D Magazine...


Researchers Eye New Nanomaterial for Protective Coatings

A team of researchers in the U.K. say that when it comes to protective coatings, graphene—touted as a “supermaterial”—may not be the panacea some hope, but another material, hexagonal boron ...


Nanomaterials Resource Site Goes Live

A new website that helps guide industry professionals and the public with matters related to nanomaterials has been launched by the European Union.


EU Nanomaterials Site Goes Live

The European Union’s chemical regulatory body has launched a new website to help guide industry professionals and the public with matters related to nanomaterials, a growing subset of the ma...


UK Team Develops ‘Green’ Hydrophobic Coating

Scientists at a U.K. university say they’ve developed a “green” alternative to current hydrophobic and hydrophilic materials used in antifouling and waterproofing applications.


Concrete, Asphalt Sealer Uses Nanotech

A new waterproofer from Arisfor LLC features protective nanotechnology provided by Houston firm Integricote.


New Moisture Barrier Uses Nanotechnology

Coating company Arisfor LLC has teamed up with nanotechnology company Integricote for its new Arisfor Multi-Surface Waterproofer.


Nanocoating Firm Gets Startup Honor

An Ohio-based protective coatings company recently made its way onto a list of “promising young” startup companies compiled by a national business network.


Russian Scientists Develop Nanostructured Concrete

A professor and graduate student at Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University have developed several building blocks for construction based on nanostructured concrete.


Shell, UK College Open Corrosion Lab

A new academic center at Imperial College London will focus on corrosion—a big problem that the Shell-Imperial Advanced Interfacial Materials Science Centre hopes to take on at the smallest ...


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, EU Focus on Governing Nanomaterials

Chemical authorities in the U.S. and Europe are making progress on transparency initiatives regarding nanotechnology-based products, including coatings.


New Concrete Additive Shows Versatility

A new concrete additive promises to make concrete harder, more resistant to deterioration, and quicker to dry, according to a startup company with origins at a Swiss university.


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 ...


Engineers: Tough Coating ‘Changes Color’

A collaborative team of researchers from three continents has developed what it says is a thin, scratch-resistant coating that can be easily created in any color without the use of pigments—...


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...


Coating, Building Envelope Products Lauded

Tools and products to help promote energy efficiency via an airtight building envelope, along with a number of specialty coatings advancements, were honored as winners in this year’s R&D 100...


Team Studies Coatings Under Pressure

"Producing even better coatings" is a goal of a team of researchers at one Singapore science and technology agency that is looking at coating material microstructures in order to make protec...


Nanotint Gets First Federal Specification

Boasting strong infrared and ultraviolet blocking capabilities, a recently launched thermal insulation coating for glass has been selected and installed by contractors performing energy effi...


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.


Study: Coatings Release Nanoparticles

Integrating nanoparticles into coatings is one of the most rapidly developing fields in coatings technology right now, but researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology...


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...


New Coating Addresses Soapy Problem

Researchers behind a new technology say a new spray-applied coating will allow substances like soaps, which are built to stick, to slide right out of containers.


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...


Researching a New Cement Recipe

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are on the hunt for a new bio-inspired recipe for cement paste could make buildings, bridges and other structures more sustainable and...


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...


Scientists Tackle Paint Fade

Paint that will never fade may become a reality if a group of researchers from Australia have any say in the matter.


DOE Funds Window Coatings

The federal government is investing $31 million in 14 window coating and windowpane research and development projects.


Vantablack Coating Hits Space

The blackest coating on earth has made it into orbit.


New Coating Protects from Superbugs

Scientists in Ireland say they’ve discovered a breakthrough coating that could protect everyday surfaces from bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.”


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.


Engineers Develop Tunable Windows

A new technology could make window blinds and drapes obsolete. Researchers at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science


Engineers Boast Glass Breakthrough

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found that coating small pieces of glass with extremely thin layers of metal, like silver, makes it possible to enhance the amount of l...


Smart Windows Could Self-Clean, Cut Heat

Nature-inspired nanostructures engraved into glass could cut window-cleaning costs in tall buildings while reducing heating bills and increasing worker productivity.


Scientists Bind Metal to Metal Sans Heat

Nanotechnology experts from Northeastern University in Boston say they have a developed an adhesive that binds metal to metal, sets at room temperature and requires little pressure to seal.


Coating Could Improve Solar Panels

A new nanocoating that aims to make residential solar panels generate power more efficiently in any direction has been developed.


Coating to Aid in Water, Dirt Repel

University of Massachusetts scientists say they have come up with a process for making transparent coatings that will help repel water and dirt from various substrates.


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.


Nano-Cell Paint Changes Colors Rapidly

Changing the color of wall paint soon could be as simple as spraying the walls with water, swiping an app on a smartphone or even just turning on the heat.


Study Tests Nanocoating for Solar Cells

Researchers in Iran have developed a nanoparticle coating that they say helps to increase efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells.


Dry Advance in Underwater Coatings

A research team at Northwestern University is the first to determine the specific “roughness” needed to keep a surface dry even when submerged in water for a long period of time.


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...


EPA Seeks Nanoscale Reporting Rule

WASHINGTON, DC—Federal regulators want to know more about those teeny, tiny chemical substances now pervading paints, construction materials and numerous other products.


Chromate-Free Intermediate Self-Repairs

SOMERSET, NJ—A new high-performance intermediate coating from NEI Corp. provides active corrosion protection of structures by physically healing cracks and gaps that occur.


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.


Coloring with Barely-There Coating

A new lightweight, ultra-thin color coating technology for smooth and rough surfaces is gaining traction at Harvard University.


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 Material Shows Hot Potential

A spray-applied, solar-harvesting nanomaterial that may replicate the reflective power of 100,000 mirrors has a group of California engineers all fired up.


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.


New Black Coating is Out of This World

When it comes to protecting delicate instrumentation in brutal and alien environments, black is the new black.


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.


Paint Shifts Shades to Signal Heat

Imagine walls and doors that could warn firefighters of the intensity of a fire by changing color, or equipment that turns from blue to red when it's too hot to handle.


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.


EPA Looks Closer at Nanomaterial Impact

The federal government is investing nearly $10 million in research aimed at understanding the impact of nanomaterials throughout their life cycle—from design to disposal.


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.


Team Eyes Self-Cleaning AR Coating

Inspired by the eyes of nocturnal insects, University of Cambridge researchers have developed a new self-cleaning, anti-reflective coating for glass and plastics.


Coatings to Energize the Future

Talk about a bright future: The global market for smart coatings for solar panels is expected to increase twenty-fold in the next six years.


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.


Light Material Features Steel Strength

Scientists in Germany say they have created a material that is lighter than water, but stronger than steel.


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...


New Report Aimed at Nanomaterial Safety

Federal health and safety officials have released a new guidance document aimed at controlling worker exposure in the development of nanomaterials, which are being used in a range of new pro...


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.


Antibacterial Coatings Take a Tasty Turn

For the latest antibacterial coating advance, look no further than your kitchen. Researchers at Northwestern University have developed new multifunctional coatings based on the sticky polyph...


Windows Get ‘Smarter’ with Coatings

A new window coating that allows users to control both visible and near-infrared light has emerged from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


Spray Coating Made to Repel Moisture

Rust-Oleum has introduced NeverWet, a multi-surface spray-coating, designed to repel water, mud, ice and other liquids.


Scientists Pursue Colorful Solar Dream

Step into the light, colorful solar panels. Traditional black and blue panels generate electricity but lack the aesthetic flexibility that designers and architects crave, say German research...


Self-Cleaning Nano Paint Leans on Light

A new nanotech company has developed a coating product that can reportedly combat pollutants through a proprietary nanoparticle formula and natural light.


Feds Urge Curbs on Nano Exposures

Nanotechnology may be the future of paints and coatings, but federal health officials are recommending strict limits on worker exposures to some of those tiny particles.


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...


Clear Coat Made to Protect Vinyl Siding

Nanotech coating maker Industrial Nanotech Inc. has introduced Nansulate Vinyl Fresh, a waterborne latex-based clear coat for revitalizing aged vinyl siding and preserving new vinyl siding.


Nanocoating to Ward Off Flames

Flame-retardant research is heating up in Texas, where researchers report the development of an environmentally friendly nanocoating that can be used on fabrics and foams.


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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