Weekly Poll (29)


In May, researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology announced that they had developed a multilevel antimicrobial polymer (MAP-1) coating that they claim to be effective in killing viruses, bacteria and spores. How soon until you think the coating will be brought to the market?


In May, President Donald J. Trump officially gave the order to senior adviser Jared Kushner and associated aides to seek cost estimates for coating the United States-Mexico border wall. Do you think coating the wall will be a benefit to the infrastructure?


University of Central Florida researchers were recently reported to be working on a protective coating that would specifically target and kill the COVID-19 virus. If created, do you think the coating will be available to the public before or after there is a cure?


Last month, Germany firm Muehlhan began applying new coatings to the roughly 8-kilometer-long (roughly 5-miles-long) cable-stayed Øresund Bridge. Slated to take 13 years and an estimated 300,000-400,000 liters (79,000-106,000 gallons) of black paint to complete, do you think the project will meet its deadline?


Recently, a team of researchers from the UCLA Smaueli School of Engineering developed an ice-prevention coating. Described as a hydrogel, how long until you think the coating will be available for marine and protective coating applications?


Researchers from Oregon State University’s College of Science have reported that they’re looking at new ways to design pigments to be more stable, durable and non-toxic with vivid hues. Do you think their research will be successful in determining key ingredients for vivid colors so that pigments can be discovered over shorter time periods?


At the University of Wisconsin–Madison, engineers recently developed a new ultrathin coating, reported to camouflage heat when viewed through infrared technology. Do you think the research findings will one day be beneficial to applications in heat transfer, camouflage or even clothing as to protect personal privacy?


In August, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced the reestablishment of its Pittsburgh chapter, known as the SSPC Steel City Chapter. Do you believe the chapter will attract new members from Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, as well as western Maryland and other northeastern states?


In August, researchers based out of the National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, India, announced the development of a new way to protect ships from corrosion using a compound from mango leaves. Though further testing still needs to be conducted, do you think the technology will be used in future industrial coating products?


Researchers from Columbia University have recently developed a new coating material inspired by the Saharan Silver Ant to keep buildings cool. According to physics professor Nanfang Yu and his team, the developing coating can reflect up to 99% of sunlight. Slated to require more research and testing, when do you predict the technology will be released into the market?


Last month, President Donald J. Trump announced the lift of United States’ tariffs on steel and aluminum products for Canada and Mexico. Do you agree with this move?


Researchers from the Corrosion and Coatings Engineering Branch at Naval Surface Welfare Center, Carderock Division are currently evaluating coatings that could possibly mitigate corrosion on Navy vessels. How soon do you think we could see these developing products on the market?


Recent testing has revealed that a nanostructured chemical vapor deposition coating, which provides resistance to water droplet erosion and solid particle erosion, extends the life of steam turbine blades. With these new findings, do you expect more steam and gas turbine blades will have this type of coating?


UNStudio and Monopol Colors recently announced that they've developed a new "extremely reflective white paint" that has been given a Total Solar Reflectance rating of 80—about 5-10 points above other white paints, according to the companies. Do you think we'll start to see even higher TSR scores as research goes on?


Researchers at the University of Michigan, funded by the Navy and Air Force, are working on "omniphobic" coatings they say could reduce friction for ships in the water. Will hydrophobic/oleophobic coatings soon be ready for heavy-duty marine use?


Many coatings suppliers have reported that increased raw-materials prices hurt their bottom line in 2017. Have rising material costs impacted your business in the past year?


Researchers worldwide have been working in recent years to develop nontoxic and biobased antifouling agents to eventually replace traditional antifoulants in marine coatings. Is a sea change coming soon in the antifouling world?


How often do you work with specialty-function coatings (such as fire-resistive coatings, antifouling paint or heat-resistant coatings) in your day-to-day work?


European regulators are considering a proposal to put titanium dioxide on a list of suspected carcinogens. Is this the right move?


The Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing its rules for the revamped Toxic Substances Control Act, which received its first update in 40 years last summer. Under the new law, the EPA must test all the chemicals in the marketplace, with a target of about 2,000 a year. Do you think this is realistic?


When it comes to specifying coatings for concrete floors, how do you rank the priorities?


Researchers are currently developing a glass-based coating for ships and rooftops. Do you believe this will be beneficial for protecting them from heat and sun?


What coatings segment will benefit most from changes in government policy over the coming years?


What area of the protective coatings industry most needs attention in the next 12 months?


“This is a dying profession,” a coatings professional wrote recently. What do you think?


Would you/have you encouraged your child or other young adult to pursue a career in coatings? Why or why not?


In general, how do you feel today’s waterborne protective and marine coatings stack up to their solvent-borne counterparts and predecessors? Compared to solvent-borne, waterborne formulations are…


When specifying protective and marine coatings, what factor is most important in your decision?


Where do you see the greatest growth potential for protective coatings in the next 12 months?


 
 
   

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