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IL University Seeks Cafeteria Renovations

Governors State University is seeking contractors for its Cafeteria Renovation Project located in University Park, Illinois.


MIT Studies Moisture and Drying on Cement

Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Concrete Sustainability Hub recently conducted a study on the effects of moisture and drying on cement.


Research: Solar Panel Desalinates Water

To address issues connected to both energy generation and access to fresh water, researchers based out of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, in Saudi Arabia, recently develo...


Sustainable Paint Uses Recycled Plastic

In collaboration with global coatings firm AkzoNobel, the University of Sheffield has reported that its researchers have successfully mimicked the color of the Cyphochilus beetle’s scales, o...


Researchers Develop Press Brake-Formed Bridge

For the first time in West Virginia, development of a press-brake-formed steel tub girder bridge proved to be successful.


Study: Poor Sleep Links to Construction Injuries

In a recent study completed by researchers at Colorado State University, employers could improve workplace safety by ensuring their employees get a good night’s sleep.


Salt-Powered Battery to Energize Wastewater Plants

Private research institution Stanford University recently announced the development of a new technology, intended to make coastal wastewater treatment plants both energy-independent and carb...


Study: Injuries Cause Rise in Overdoses, Suicides

In a study co-authored by researchers from Boston University’s School of Public Health, suicides and opioid overdoses are showing an increase in relation to workplace injuries.


Virginia Tech Announces $1B ‘Innovation Campus’

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University—more commonly known as Virginia Tech—has recently announced its partnership with data-driven real estate investment firm Lionstone Investm...


Permeable Concrete Shows Environmental Benefits

In a recent study at Rutgers University, a team of engineers have found that special permeable concrete pavement can help to reduce the “urban heat island effect.”


Robots to Help Improve Bridge Inspections

Researchers from the University of Waterloo are working on developing a more reliable robotic technology that can reduce the cost of bridge inspections.


Graphene to Protect Chinese Military Infrastructure

Researchers in China are working on the development of a new protective coating intended for military weapons and infrastructure that’s been installed on artificial islands in the South Chin...


Reinforced Concrete Addresses Corrosion Issues

Researchers based out of Deakin University (Geelong, Australia) recently designed and developed a pedestrian bridge that reportedly uses a type of reinforced concrete that does not require m...


MIT Sustainability Hub Models Structures

A researcher from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Concrete Sustainability Hub is examining how to predict building damage by modeling structures into groups of atoms.


Desert Ant Inspires Coating Material

Led by Columbia University physics professor Nanfang Yu, researchers have developed a new coating material designed to help keep buildings cool.


Polymer Prevents Leakage from Solar Cells

In a study by scientists from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, research shows that a protective layer of epoxy resin applied on perovskite solar cells hel...


WSU Recieves $7.5M Grant to Study Infrastructure

Washington State University was recently chosen by the U.S. Department of Transportation to receive a $7.5 million grant for researching ways to repair national infrastructure. The grant was...


MIT Researchers Target ASR Gels

According to the staff at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-hosted Concrete Sustainability Hub, new research shows that alkali-silica-reaction is a substantial cause of premature con...


Research: Membrane Removes Pharmaceuticals from Water

To remedy wastewater treatment plants’ inability to completely remove pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) from the water supply, researchers based out of Northeast Normal Univ...


Covestro Launches Research Project

A new research project for waterborne raw materials is being conducted by the Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences at the Technical University of Cologne in collaboration with Covestro.


Concrete Canoe Teams for National Event Announced

The Florida Institute of Technology is to host the American Society of Civil Engineers’ National Concrete Canoe Competition early next month, and schools from across the globe are showing up...


University Sues over Stadium Defects

The University of Akron, located in Ohio, has filed a lawsuit against multiple companies over faulty concrete railings and cracking at its decade-old InfoCision Stadium–Summa Field.


University Demonstrates Ice-Proof Coatings

Developed at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan), a new class of coatings is moving researchers one step closer to being able to ice-proof airplanes, marine vessels, powerlines ...


University Warns About Antimicrobial Paints

Though antimicrobial paints claim to offer extra protection against bacteria, researchers at Northwestern University are cautioning that the coatings might be doing more harm than good.


ACI Declares Fellowship and Scholarship Recipients

The American Concrete Institute Foundation recently announced the winners of its 2019-20 fellowship and scholarship programs.


Study Finds Clear Droplets Produce Iridescent Colors

According to findings from a combined research team from Penn State University (University Park, Pennsylvania) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts), under...


Dubai University Establishes 3D Printing Center

The American University in Dubai and 3DVinci Creations have come together to establish a scientific research center for 3D printing concrete buildings.


WA University Hosts Concrete Canoe Race

Saint Martin University (Lacey, Washington) launched the 2019 Pacific Northwest American Society of Civil Engineers and American Institute of Steel Construction Student Conference just yeste...


MIT Looks to Melanin for Facade Innovation

Totems is both a new project and installation led by Neri Oxman and the Mediated Matter Group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab. The endeavor was designed using liquid cha...


Ultrathin Film Shows Promise for Solar

Researchers from the Swinburne University of Technology, the University of Sydney and Australian National University have collaborated to develop an ultrathin graphene film, in hopes for fut...


ISU Researchers Examine Heated Pavement

Iowa State University engineers are moving onto the second stage of testing—in a more intense real-world environment—of heated pavement, which will undergo the stress of heavy truck traffic.


Researchers Closer to Germ-Proof Surface Coating

Researchers from the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at The University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand) are on the verge of developing a germ-proof surface coatin...


Research: Micro-Robots Could Repair Pipes

In late December, the United Kingdom’s Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy announced $8.9 million in funding toward a project to develop micro-robots that can be used to...


Researchers Eye Self-Healing in Corrosion Coating

To help prevent corrosion caused by damage to coating systems, researchers based out of Northwestern University have developed a new coating that repairs itself rapidly when scratched, scrap...


Research Looks at Stress Corrosion Cracking

A team of researchers from Arizona State University has taken a new angle on the idea of stress corrosion cracking, showing in a new study that corrosion and stress needn’t be present simult...


Research Changes Views on Stress Corrosion Cracking

A team of researchers from Arizona State University has turned the idea of stress corrosion cracking on its head, showing in a new study that corrosion and stress needn’t be present simultan...


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...


Designers Create 'Omnidirectional' Wind Turbine

To take the power of traditional wind turbines, which function only with unidirectional wind, to the next level, Lancaster University students Nicolas Orellana and Yaseen Noorani have develo...


DOTs Testing Sealant for Concrete Cracking

Transportation departments in Louisiana, Texas and Minnesota will be testing out a new sealant, created by Louisiana State University mechanical engineering professor Guoqiang Li, that can r...


SSPC Scholarship Winners Announced

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings recently announced the winners of its 2018-19 scholarship program, which awarded $2,500 in tuition funding to indvidiual SSPC members and their chil...


Researchers: Crab-Shell Compound Fights Corrosion

In a recently published paper, scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, say a component of crab and shrimp shells could hold the key to corrosion inhibition withou...


SSPC Scholarship Winners Announced

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings recently announced the winners of its 2018-19 scholarship program, which awarded $2,500 in tuition funding to indvidiual SSPC members and their chil...


Mushroom Nanostructure Coating Foils Barnacles

Researchers at Kiel University, in Kiel, Germany, say they’ve developed a silicone coating with a topographical microstructure that helps marine craft shed barnacles, providing a potential n...


NE Researchers Tout Corn in Concrete

In response to the increasing demand for sustainable building materials, researchers at the University of Nebraska at Kearney recently investigated whether ash produced by burning corncobs a...


Research: Corn Might Improve Concrete Durability

In a bid to provide a sustainable building material for aging infrastructure in the U.S., researchers at the University of Nebraska at Kearney recently investigated whether corncobs, the ele...


Research: Coating Could Protect Wood Pellets

In response to the growing global demand for energy and the increased used of wood pellets as a greener solution, nanotechnology company Integricote, based at the University of Houston’s Tec...


Houston Startup's Coating Protects Wood Pellets

In response to the growing global demand for energy and the increased used of wood pellets as a greener solution, nanotechnology company Integricote, based at the University of Houston’s Tec...


Research Covers Future of 'Bendable' Concrete

A University of Michigan professor who specializes in engineered cementitious composite says the so-called “bendable concrete” could be the key to buildings that last by better resisting dam...


Professor Touts Future of 'Bendable' Concrete

A University of Michigan professor who specializes in engineered cementitious composite says the so-called “bendable concrete” could be the key to infrastructure that lasts, including bridge...


Research: Graphene Could Aid Concrete

In recent years, nanomaterial graphene has been touted for properties that can help make coatings and other products that lubricate and resist corrosion, but a new study by U.K. engineers sh...


Engineers Tout Graphene-Laced Concrete

“Super” nanomaterial graphene has been touted in recent years for properties that can help make coatings and other products that lubricate and resist corrosion, but a new study by U.K. engin...


Penn State Offers Corrosion Short Course

New corrosion pros and veterans looking to refresh their knowledge are the target audience for a short course this June at Penn State University, in University Park, Pennsylvania.


Penn State Offers Corrosion Short Course

New corrosion pros and those looking to refresh their knowledge are the target audience for a short course this June at Penn State University, in University Park, Pennsylvania.


SSPC Accepting Scholarship Applications

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is now accepting applications for its 2018-19 scholarship program, which awards tuition money to SSPC members and their children.


Norway Campus Features Seawater-Durable Panels

In a recently finished project, Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta consolidated six previously separate academic buildings for the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design (KMD), University o...


Scientists Tout Seaweed to Fight Biofouling

Researchers at a university in India have proffered a novel idea for protecting the hulls of ships from fouling and corrosion: seaweed.


Evaluation Process Predicts Leveling Behavior of Paints

Scientists in Germany say they've developed a new method of predicting a coating formulation's leveling outcome, potentially cutting the time needed to test leveling in the lab.


Evaluation Process Predicts Leveling Behavior of Paints

Researchers have developed a new automated method that predicts the flow outcome of a paint’s properties, which can save on both development time and cost.


Researchers Develop Safe Paint Stripper

Researchers based out of the University of Massachusetts have developed a paint-stripping solvent that reportedly acts as a safer alternative to more traditional, commonly storebought option...


UMass Researchers Develop Paint Stripper Alternative

University of Massachusetts researchers, led by Toxics Use Reduction Institute research manager Greg Morose, recently developed a paint-stripping solvent that reportedly provides a safer alt...


UTA Professor Develops Drainage-Pipe Polymer

Mohammad Najafi, professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, has received $400,000 in funding to research methods for the application of a linin...


DOE Oil and Gas Grants Include Coating Research

The U.S. Department of Energy last week announced $30 million in funding to further unconventional oil and gas recovery methods, including nearly $1.5 million for research into coatings for ...


3-D Printing Method Increases Steel Strength, Ductility

University researchers in the United Kingdom say they have identified a method of 3-D printing that creates stronger, more ductile stainless-steel parts than other printing methods have prov...


3-D Printing Method Increases Steel Strength, Ductility

A team of researchers based out of a U.K. university says it has identified a method of 3-D printing that creates stronger, more ductile stainless-steel parts than other printing methods hav...


Researchers Identify Concrete Protection Method

A new piece of research out of a U.K. university suggests that a mix of additives and specialized curing agents could be the key to concrete that stands up to harsh environmental conditions.


Researchers Identify Concrete Protection Method

A new piece of research out of a U.K. university suggests that a mix of additives and specialized curing agents could be the key to concrete that stands up to harsh environmental conditions.


German Researchers Develop Antifouling Tech

Researchers from Germany’s Kiel University, collaborating with university spinoff Phi-Stone AG, have worked to develop a new antifouling coating for ships that allow for the scrubbing off of...


Researchers: New Fire-Resistive Coating Developed

Officials say new research out of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, has produced a fire-resistant coating that also provides corrosion protection and requires a less intensive app...


Researchers Develop New Fire-Resistive Coating

Researchers based out of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, working in conjunction with national industrial developer JTC, say they have produced a fire-resistant coating that also...


Locally Made Concrete Demonstrates Promise, Benefits

Researchers based out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have begun investigating a new way to formulate concrete that involves the hierarchy arrangements of a natural building blo...


Research Reveals Benefits of Locally Made Concrete

In response to the decay of the U.S.’s concrete-based infrastructure, much of which has not been designed to accommodate modern-day stressors, researchers based out of the Massachusetts Inst...


New Blue Pigment Cleared for Industrial Use

A new blue pigment with infrared-reflective properties is EPA-approved for use in industrial coatings, and is ready for commercial sale, according to the pigment supplier marketing the produ...


MIC Research Nets Australian Team Honors

A researcher based out of the Swinburne University of Technology was recognized for his development of a method that lessens corrosion on submarines, which has provided both additional benef...


Deposition Method Developed for Telescope Mirrors

Researchers based out of the University of California Santa Cruz have begun developing a protective coating for telescopes by reworking a method commonly used in microelectronics.


YInMn Blue Pigment Released to Market

The Shepherd Color Company recently announced that a completely new shade of shade of blue, known as YInMn Blue, is ready for commercial sale.


Researchers Eye Crude and Corrosion

Researchers at a Stanford University lab are working on a method of analyzing crude oil for sulfur content in hopes of more easily determining corrosion risks to surfaces in contact with the...


Researchers Reveal Deicing Aggregate

In a recent study, Drexel University researchers used paraffin wax in concrete to successfully melt snow and ice off of road-like surfaces, revealing an enviornmentally friendly deicing alte...


MIT Research Could Impact Spray Coatings

New research from a Massachusetts Institute of Technology team regarding droplet behavior could, the scientists say, have implications for how some coating spray application is performed.


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 ...


UCSB Team Observes Pitting Corrosion in Real Time

Researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara say a new tool they’ve developed allows them to observe crevice and pitting corrosion in real time, helping them to understand when ...


Researchers Eye Fungus for Concrete Fixes

Rutgers University researchers think they have found a way to use the moisture that intrudes into concrete to an advantage, citing fungus spores as a way to fix a problem before it even occu...


Study Eyes Fungus for Concrete Self-Repair

Researchers at Rutgers University believe they’ve found a useful fix for cracking concrete that could prevent major problems before they start—and it comes in the form of a fungus.


TX School of Architecture Announces Speaker Series

The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture has announced its signature annual event: its Fall 2017 Lectures and Exhibitions Series.


Collaboration Begins on Corrosion Research

A multimillion-dollar research endeavor will begin cracking the code to determine what makes corrosion so destructive.


SLIPS Technologies Expands to Marine Coatings

A Massachusetts-based coatings company recently acquired funding for expansion into marine coatings.


Student Engineers Launch Concrete Canoes

Traditionally, canoes have been made from materials like tree bark, reeds or canvas; more contemporary versions are often made from lightweight composites and plastics. Then, there’s the mat...


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.


City, University Team Up on Manhole Corrosion

Hundreds of concrete manhole shafts in a Texas city will soon be evaluated to determine which most need protection from corrosion, and a team from the University of Texas is lending its expe...


Lab Unveils Bacteria-Fighting Coating

Researchers out of Princeton University’s Muir chemistry lab have developed new surface coatings that appear to be an incredibly effective tool in inhibiting—or, alternatively, assisting—the...


Market Brewing for New Shade of Blue

The first new shade of blue in more than 200 years—discovered via happenstance by a team of college scientists—soon will be introduced to the coatings market.


College Students Receive SSPC Scholarship Awards

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced the recipients of its 2017-18 scholarship awards for students attending universities in the United States or Canada.


Framing Method Eschews Construction Trappings

A framing method developed by the Clemson University School of Architecture in South Carolina has spurred construction projects that don’t require skilled labor, power tools or nails.


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 ...


MIT Team at Work on Nuclear Cladding Coating

A new research project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has the goal of identifying the ideal coating for fuel cladding in nuclear reactors.


SSPC Scholarship Deadline Nears

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is once again accepting applications for its annual scholarships, for students attending universities in the U.S. or Canada.


SSPC 2018 Abstracts, Scholarship Apps Due

Two important deadlines are nearing for members of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, as abstracts for consideration for the SSPC 2018 conference and applications for this year’s SSP...


Lab Aims to Test Nuclear-Plant Concrete

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are working on a better way to sense whether concrete at nuclear power facilities is experiencing a chemical reaction that can degrade it, puttin...


Breakthrough Coating Heals, Repels

Engineers at the University of Michigan are touting the durability characteristics of their recently developed self-healing, water-repellent, spray-on coating technology designed for a pleth...


Team Works on Cold Spray for Airplane Repair

Researchers at the University of Akron are working with an Ohio aircraft maintenance firm to develop a cold-spray system for the repair of corroded airplane components that they hope will ke...


Transit Projects Take Time to ‘Pay Back’ Carbon

It’s common sense that, on the face of things, mass transit is more eco-friendly than a model in which individuals all drive their own cars wherever they need to go. But how much does the ac...


Guilty Plea in University Painting Bribe Case

A former university maintenance supervisor has admitted to taking bribes from a painting contractor in exchange for more than $1 million in dorm painting contracts.


Study: Algae Defense Mechanism Foils Fouling

Marine antifouling coatings are designed specifically to do away with organisms like algae, but new research out of one German university shows how these coatings for ships and other marine ...


Students Share Coatings Studies

The future of the coatings industry was featured front and center during the third annual Poster Sessions presentations at SSPC 2017, which closed Thursday (Feb. 2) in Tampa, FL.


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.


Researchers Study Roman Concrete Recipe

Did the ancient Romans know the secret formula for extraordinary concrete? Researchers at Rice University are investigating; they are studying a mineral t


Cement Research Finds Strength in Defects

Researchers at Rice University are zeroing in on a mineral used by the ancient Romans in cement in order to understand how modern cement can be made stronger and more resistant to cracking.


Wood Coating Work Targets Stronger Bridges

Russian scientists claim to have created a coating technique that strengthens wood fibers in such a way that the wood-polymer hybrid becomes stronger and more durable than natural wood.


Russian Lab Unveils Coated Wood Composite

Scientists at a Russian university say they have developed a way to create a wood-polymer hybrid nanocomposite that is far stronger and more durable than natural wood, and a specialized coat...


University to Collect $6.9M Over Floor Slabs

The University of Oregon will receive $6.9 million in a settlement with the architect, engineer and contractor of a residence hall with cracking concrete floor slabs.


Insect Eyes Inspire Coating Technology

Reflective coatings already have safety-boosting applications ranging from road paint to coated bicycles, but now researchers are looking at new reflective technology that could help keep bu...


Research: Cement Sponges Up Substantial CO2

New research from an international team suggests that, while cement production is a major generator of carbon dioxide gas, concrete and other cement-based materials also absorb a considerabl...


Scientists Say Radiation Improves Their Coating

A team of researchers spanning two continents is at work on a nanoceramic coating that not only stands up to the effects of radiation but actually becomes stronger as well.


Study: Cement Absorbs Greenhouse Gas

For years, concrete—specifically the Portland cement that comprises much of the material—has gotten a bad rap in terms of carbon emissions. But new research indicates that even as the produc...


$8M Underwrites Pipeline MIC Research

A research project focused on microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC) in pipelines is receiving nearly $8 million in funding toward ongoing research into the issue.


Bug Eye Biology Enhances Coating Functions

Safety enhancement is already at the core of many reflective coating applications, such as helping to make items like road signs and lane dividers more visible to drivers at night, for examp...


Veteran Shares USS Arizona Corrosion Findings

Among this past weekend’s activities commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, university researchers were on deck to share their findings regarding corrosion and lon...


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...


Fibers Give New 'Textile Concrete' Appeal

Fibers could be the key to lighter, more durable and more versatile form of reinforced concrete, according to a new report from researchers at the Technical University of Dresden.


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 ...


Team Studies Concrete Moisture, Corrosion

Sensing problems in concrete is the focus of ongoing research at North Carolina State University.


Seattle Builds ‘Earthquake-Proof’ Bridge

A bridge being built in Seattle will be the first large-scale application of a new set of structural materials that will be “earthquake-proof,” bending and flexing in the event of a quake, t...


‘Textile Concrete’ Offers Support Alternative

Researchers at the Technical University of Dresden are investigating a form of reinforced concrete they claim is lighter, more durable and more versatile than conventional materials.


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—...


Suit Filed in 2014 College Bridge Collapse

Just days after the two-year anniversary of a bridge collapse during construction on Wake Technical Community College’s Raleigh, NC, campus, a lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the workers...


‘Sensing Skin’ Indicates Chemicals, Moisture

Researchers at North Carolina State University have furthered their work with electrically conductive coatings that can sense problems in concrete, adding the capacity to sense corrosion-cau...


Gel-Based Coating Fights Off Ice

Researchers at Colorado State University believe they have made a breakthrough in the realm of anti-icing coatings with the invention of a new ice-repellent coating they claim outperforms to...


Team Evaluates Early-Age Bridge Deck Cracks

Pennsylvania is reportedly home to more than 22,000 bridges, many of which are aging and in need of repair. Through a collaboration between Penn State University and the Pennsylvania Departm...


First Full ‘Biobridge’ Opens to Foot Traffic

The campus of a Dutch university reportedly boasts the world’s first “biobridge,” a span built to test and exhibit the potential of building with more environmentally friendly construction m...


MIT Monitors Building Health

A group of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come up with a way to continuously monitor buildings for signs of instability, structural damage or mechanical stre...


Dewetting Findings Could Improve Coatings

A breakthrough regarding the dewetting process has led researchers at two universities in England to suggest that improvements in coating formulations and self-cleaning surfaces could be jus...


'Smart Skin' Could Show Structural Damage

Researchers at the University of Delaware are working on a material that could help make structural damage obvious to the eye, even when it would normally be invisible.


Coatings, Corrosion Detection Projects Funded

Three higher education institutions are sharing $900,000 in federal funding intended to promote the development of research projects contributing to the prevention or mitigation of pipeline ...


Not Your Average Camouflage

When it comes to camouflaging military vehicles, standard procedure is to paint the vehicle in the appropriate colors and patterns for the environment in which it will serve.


Robust Waterproof Coating Emerges

A new superhydrophobic protective coating may soon find a wide range of uses, including buildings, airplanes and mobile phones.


Sensing Lead Paint Using Gel

Scientists at the University of Michigan say they have developed a new lead paint test designed to provide “more clear and accurate results than its counterparts.”


Engineers Tout 'Ultra-Robust' Waterproof Coating

Scientists in Australia have announced a new superhydrophobic protective coating that could one day find uses ranging from preventing ice formation on airplanes and protecting boat hulls fro...


Underground Radar Detects Hidden Damage

Years after Hurricane Katrina struck, the southern Louisiana city of Slidell is benefitting from an underground pipe inspection technology developed at Louisiana Tech University.


New Green Coating Protects Metals

Academics and commercial manufacturers teamed up to develop a new coating system that is said to be tough on corrosion and kind to the environment.


Chemists Develop Green Corrosion Protection

A partnership between a university chemist and a chemical company has culminated in a green coating system that reportedly protects metals against corrosion.


Scientists Apply Paint Element to Bone Recovery

Coatings have long had a role in biomedical applications such as implants, but a team of Scottish researchers now believe a common paint ingredient can be used to aid in bone regeneration.


New Concrete Showcases Flexibility

A new kind of concrete developed by researchers in Singapore is, according to its discoverers, stronger, more reliable, and ... bendable.


Coatings Target Food Facility Safety

In an effort to help curb the spread of food-borne illness, researchers in Ithaca, NY, are looking at how coatings might contribute to keeping surfaces at production facilities free of conta...


Sensing Unseen Structural Damage

Bridges and roadways are subject to wear and deterioration from a number of factors, ranging from age to events like earthquakes and hurricanes. Damage and defects are sometimes obvious, but...


‘Bendable Concrete’ to Speed Roadwork

Researchers in Singapore have created a form of concrete they say is not only stronger and more durable, but which should also reduce the time needed for roadwork by more than half.


New Window Coating Darkens in an Instant

Forget about pulling the shades when the sun starts to pour in—scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed windows that will darken themselves with the flip of a s...


Paint Preserves WWII Shipwreck

Researchers and naval history buffs have paint to thank for the preservation of a WWII shipwreck site, and for some insights into the battle that took place between a German merchant raider ...


Lab Developing Efficient New Window Coating

Liquid crystals are responsible for many flat-screen TVs and other displays, but researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder are developing a way for the same technology to make win...


High Marks for Earthquake-Resistant Pipe

A new development at a university in New York could be good news for earthquake-prone regions worldwide: An earthquake-resilient pipeline design exceeded expectations in its most comprehensi...


Guilty Plea in Sorority House Scam

A South Carolina attorney behind an effort to construct a 40,000-square-foot, $14 million sorority house at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa has admitted to submitting false invoices,...


Don’t Poo-Poo This Roadway of the Future

Could the future of highways come from the humblest beginnings down on the farm?


Pigeons Track Lead Dangers

A much maligned feathered city-dweller may deserve a second look, according to researchers who say pigeons could be the key to tracking lead exposure in children.


Coating Developed for Wear Resistance

An Arkansas startup has won a National Science Foundation grant meant to help it bring its patent-pending coating technology to market.


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.


Study Advances Film Measurement

Terahertz technology is already in use or in development for applications including security and medical imagery, but a new study indicates it could be used to give incredibly accurate readi...


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...


Passive House Reaches New Heights

When students move into the apartment housing at Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island campus in New York City next year, some will find themselves in a trendsetting structure: The world’s tallest...


Corrosion Hub Expands

The University of Akron celebrated the expansion of facilities and capabilities in its corrosion research center with an open house Tuesday (June 21).


Student Winners Design Future Workplace

The office hasn’t always been known as a beacon of great design (think fluorescent-lit cube farms), but if the winning entries in this year’s Workplace of the Future Scholarship Contest are ...


Coating Use Surprises Scientists

The discovery of a coating that promises to boost wind power services was purely an accident, say the researchers working under a Department of Energy program.


'Smart Release' Coating Holds Off Rust

Researchers at a university in Wales have developed a “smart release” coating that could serve as a potential alternative to the use of hexavalent chromium as a corrosion inhibitor.


Bamboo: Nature’s Ideal Building Material?

Sometimes, the best materials in the built environment come from the natural environment. Kent Harries, of the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, thinks bamboo certain...


Adding a Dimension to Project Planning

During big construction projects, it’s not uncommon to use 3-D modeling to work out the kinks before the actual work begins. But some researchers in Canada want to account for more than just...


Contractor Eyed in Hong Kong Roof Collapse

Contractors and university staff are on the hot seat weeks after a green roof collapsed, injuring three, at City University of Hong Kong.


Algae in the Walls Down Under

There are green buildings, and then there are slimy, green buildings: A team of researchers and architects in Australia are hoping that soon, buildings constructed with algae will be a reali...


Magnesium-Rich Primer Challenges Chromate Systems

A team of materials science researchers at the University of Virginia has identified a magnesium-rich primer—used as part of a normal paint system—as a promising candidate to replace chromat...


Scientist Adds Motion in Coatings Test

One doctoral candidate at a Danish technical university has developed a coating test method that takes a novel approach to analyzing coatings performance.


Students to Test Bridge Skills

Four dozen university engineering teams are on deck to compete this weekend in the 2016 National Student Steel Bridge Competition, sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction a...


Research Could Lead to Resilient Coatings

A laboratory advance involving two-dimensional materials could be a step toward new coatings technology that will fortify materials that are susceptible to projectile damage and potentially ...


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.”


The Secret to Fresh Fruit: A Silk Coat?

You’ve heard of corn silk, but what about strawberry silk? Researchers at Tufts University say a thin coating of the material could be just what it takes to keep certain kinds of fruit fresh...


Smart Coating Fights Fouling, Cancer

Scientists at Seton Hall University say they’ve come up with a new and more effective way to fight biofouling through coatings—and the technology they’ve developed may help fight cancer and ...


Polymer to Self-Heal at Body Temp

Scientists at the University of Reading have come up with technology that could eventually be developed into self-healing coatings for buildings as well as other applications.


Polymer Self-Repairs at Body Temperature

Scientists at the University of Reading are at work on a self-healing polymer that may find use in automotive coatings, as well as other industrial and biomedical applications.


New Nanocoating Inhibits Bacteria Growth

A new nanocoating developed by scientists at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev could play an important role in marine anti-fouling coatings.


Team Uses Nanoparticles to Bolster PTFE

Researchers at the University of Arkansas are studying a method of using nanoparticles to increase the sturdiness in polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coatings, commonly known as Teflon.


SSPC Scholarship Deadline: April 30

For North American college students, time is running out to apply for scholarships from SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


Whiskey Glasses Stir Coatings Research

Alcohol is often cited as delivering inspiration to writers and artists, but now a team of Princeton University researchers name spirits as providing a clue to the secret to improving unifor...


TN Colleges Offer Concrete Degrees

Aspiring concrete industry professionals pursuing an education can now learn the craft via a new partnership between two Tennessee colleges.


PPG Gives $385K to Area Education

In support of educational outreach programs in the Pittsburgh area, PPG recently donated more than $385,000 in grants to local organizations through its charitable arm, The PPG Foundation.


Drying Paint Reveals ‘Exciting’ Discovery

While most people would describe “watching paint dry” as a boring endeavor, a team of scientists expects to put it to use in improving the performance of a wide variety of everyday goods, fr...


Spray-On Coating May Ease Icing Problems

Research is underway on a durable, inexpensive ice-repellent coating developed with airplanes, oil rigs, power lines and other industrial machinery or structures in mind.


Research Seeks Safer Military Coatings

A professor at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) has secured funding to develop environmentally responsible, but high-performance coatings for the U.S. military aircraft and shipboard surfac...


Converting Carbon Emissions into Concrete

In a process they call “carbon upcycling,” a group of University of California, Los Angeles, researchers is working on a way to recapture and repurpose industrial carbon emissions into poten...


SSPC Papers, Posters Deadlines Near

Deadlines are nearing for the submission of SSPC presentation proposals for the society’s 2017 conference.


Team Tests Self-Consolidating Concrete

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology are working to improve on the current challenges self-consolidating concrete poses in a range of construction projects.


Scientists Unveil Ice-Melting Coating

Researchers at Rice University are working on developing a composite coating to help remove ice in cold-weather applications ranging from wind turbines to aircraft wings.


PPG Supports Paint Chemist Program

PPG has teamed up with ITECH Engineering School in Lyon, France, to help sponsor the first chemical engineering master’s degree program dedicated to paints and coatings in Europe, the compan...


PPG Backs Paint Chemist Master’s Degree

Global paints and coatings supplier PPG Industries has announced its partnership with a European educational institution in support of a new program for paint chemists.


Akron's Soucek to Receive Tess Award

The American Chemical Society's prestigious Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings will go to Dr. Mark Soucek of the University of Akron (UA) Department of Polymer Engineering.


Team Lauds ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of Coatings

Scientists at a Swiss university have developed a polymer coating they say is so versatile they compare it to the iconic Swiss army knife, with future applications cutting into the wastewate...


Nanocoating Startup Nets $746K Grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded an Arkansas-based startup a six-figure grant for its work on a glass coating said to make the material anti-reflective, self-cleaning and highly t...


Oil Presence May Speed Corrosion

The presence of oil in water is believed to increase the rate of corrosion on ships with steel hulls, according to a research project led by representatives from George Mason University and ...


Glass Nanocoating Work Wins $746K Grant

A Fayetteville, AR, startup has been awarded a $746,000 National Science Foundation grant in recognition of its work on a glass coating said to make the material anti-reflective, self-cleani...


Research Brings Antifouling to Oman

A university in Oman has developed the region’s first antifouling marine nanocoating, according to an announcement following a month-long field test of the coating at a local marina.


Soucek Receives Coatings Recognition

Dr. Mark Soucek of the University of Akron (UA) Department of Polymer Engineering has been named recipient of the esteemed 2016 Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings.


Is Recycled Concrete a Viable Option?

When it comes to sustainability and reuse in construction, can the industry begin to do more with recycled concrete? A University of Notre Dame research team is focusing on just that questio...


Hot Temps Ruin Cool Bridge

A team of students working to construct an ice bridge in Finland were building with strength in mind, but this week, the one thing that they couldn’t control brought an end to the project: a...


Coating Signals Critical Unseen Damage

Researchers at the University of Illinois are developing a coating meant to deliver a clear indication of structural damage so small that it would otherwise be undetectable to the naked eye ...


SSPC 2016 Highlights Youth Research

Focusing on the bright future of the coatings industry was a main goal during SSPC 2016 held in San Antonio.


Beetle Shell Inspires Anti-Frost Coating

Researchers from Virginia Tech are looking to inhabitants of one of the hottest areas on the planet for inspiration in developing a coating that would inhibit ice formation on critical surfa...


SSPC Showcases Student Innovation

Each year, SSPC sets its sites on the future of the industry by shining a spotlight on the next generation of coatings professionals at the annual SSPC conference.


Science Crafts Concrete for Life on Mars

As NASA sets its sites on developing the resources to send humans to Mars in the 2030s, some scientists are looking ahead to the next phase—the technologies astronauts will need to one day l...


Birds Inspire Color-Fade Research

U.K. scientists are looking to the sky to better understand why colors fade, and what they have discovered may one day lead to paints and coatings that will keep their color for longer


Scientists Seek to Stop Color-Fade

Why do colorful birds not turn gray as they age? Researchers at the University of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, U.K., say it comes down to the way color is created in the feathers.


Moth Eyes Inspire Coating Innovation

Researchers at two universities are taking inspiration from structures found in the insect world to create an anti-reflection coating that retains conductivity in order to improve electronic...


Coating Research Improves IAQ

Research undertaken at a Swedish university proposes a cure for “sick building syndrome” that uses coatings to take on the treatment process.


Coating Innovation Wins Recognition

A corrosion- and abrasion-resistant coating secured one fledgling Norwegian coatings company the top spot in a competition recognizing the best entrepreneurs from across a range of technolog...


Sherwin-Williams Funds Materials Study

A materials research program at an university in Cleveland is getting a boost from the paint and coatings giant that shares its hometown.


Sherwin-Williams Backs IAM Research

Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams Company is making a $1-million commitment to materials research through the Institute for Advanced Materials (IAM) at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU),...


Graphene Tops Polymer for MIC

In its ongoing investigations into graphene coatings and corrosion prevention, a global science team has determined that the graphene coatings minimize corrosion better than commercial polym...


Axalta Lays a Path for Student Success

Global coatings supplier Axalta Coatings Systems is making an investment in the education of the industry’s future workforce.


University Team Tackles Corrosion

A coatings project at North Dakota State University (NDSU) not only seeks to improve the safety of pipelines when it comes to corrosion protection, but also enhances the career path of the s...


Corrosion Affects City Water Supply

The city of Flint, MI, has a problem with severe iron and lead corrosion in its water distribution system. Marc Edwards, an expert on municipal water quality, is seeking ways to address the ...


New Videos Showcase Student Research

LAS VEGAS—Zinc phosphate pretreatments, sodium chloride diffusion, and internal coatings stress are on the research agendas of the coating industry's next generation.


Design Blamed in Fatal Bridge Collapses

RALEIGH, NC—Flaws in the design of several bridge girders led to the collapse of two pedestrian bridges under construction at Wake Technical Community College, investigators have concluded.


University Graduates First Corrosion Class

AKRON, OH—The first baccalaureate corrosion engineering program in the U.S. has walked its inaugural class across the commencement stage and into careers as corrosion problem solvers.


Sensors May Outsmart Smart Pigs

VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA—New technology being developed in Australia could help that nation's pipeline network reach the 100-year mark.


Failure Model May Avert the Real Thing

LINCOLN, NE—A new model that can simulate sub-surface corrosion damage could help head off structural failures and design stronger materials, its developers say.


SSPC Offers Student Aid, Seeks Papers

PITTSBURGH—Time is drawing short for SSPC college scholarship applications and presentation proposals for the society's 2016 conference.


Time Short for SSPC Papers, Student Aid

PITTSBURGH—The deadline is looming for SSPC college scholarship applications and presentation proposals for the society's 2016 conference.


Tackling Concrete Solutions for Bridges

Saddled with the most structurally deficient bridges in the U.S., engineers in Pennsylvania are crafting both new materials and new maintenance plans to save those and other aging concrete s...


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.


Feds Suspend Construction Trainer

The former director of a university program that trained students for highway construction careers has been suspended from future federal transportation contracts amid allegations that he li...


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.


Research Makes a Case for Cracks

Cracks in a coating system could be a good thing, with the potential to improve insulation properties and coating life when carefully manipulated, researchers in Sweden have found.


Bridge Breakdown: Mapping the Best Fix

New 3D modeling technology could help engineers identify which parts of a bridge most urgently need repair, helping to alleviate a backlog of structurally deficient bridges, its developers s...


Industry Engages the Next Generation

LAS VEGAS—SSPC has found its Fountain of Youth in a crop of fresh faces who are advancing research and brainstorming ways to make a difference in the coatings industry.


Award Gives Graphene Coating $500k Lift

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


Gravity Unfurls a 300-Year Bridge

A UK town is awaiting installation of the world's longest "flat pack" bridge—a unique structure that is transported flat and transforms under gravity into an arch.


Beyond Teflon: Etching a Dryer Metal

Hydrophobic coatings, the mainstay of materials protection, may have met their match in a new laser technique that reportedly makes metal surfaces repel water permanently.


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.


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.


Fines Levied in Dorm Project Death

Federal safety authorities have fined four contractors involved in a Florida State University dorm construction project where a worker was killed last July.


DOL Offers $100M for Apprenticeships

High-skilled, high-growth industries will get $100 million in grants to expand apprenticeship programs, the U.S. Department of Labor announced.


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.


2nd Span Collapses at NC College

Hours after a worker was killed in a bridge collapse at Wake Technical Community College, the same span in a similar bridge gave way there.


Bridge Collapse at College Kills Worker

A bridge pour for a new pedestrian bridge at a North Carolina community college went fatally awry when the center span collapsed, killing one worker and seriously injuring four others.


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...


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...


Stirring Up New Batch of Paint Chemists

The European coatings industry is making a fresh push to recruit students with an intensive new graduate-level engineering specialty program backed by suppliers.


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.


Students Tackle Corrosion in 2 Contests

NACE is challenging students to solve this country's corrosion problems, from bridges to defense systems, in a pair of competitions.


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.


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...


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.


Coating Makes for Smarter Surfaces

A new polymer coating that would allow surfaces to respond instantly to changes in environmental conditions is under development by a multinational team of researchers.


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...


Coatings Get Charge from Old Cig Butts

About 5.6 trillion cigarette butts are tossed into the environment each year, but researchers say this toxic trash could be a coating treasure with the capability of storing large amounts of...


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.


$148M Metals Hub Plans Detroit Digs

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


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.


Heat Turns Yellowstone Road to ‘Soup’

A tourist route in Yellowstone National Park was ordered closed this month when the road's asphalt melted during a period of warmer-than-usual temperatures.


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.


‘Skin’ Senses Structural Defects

A new “sensing skin” developed for nuclear plants could flag damage on a multitude of concrete structures, allowing more response time before a potential failure, researchers say.


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.


 
 
   

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