This technology presents a 'materials by design' approach to develop tunable coatings utilising functionalised nanoparticles. Coatings that incorporate these nanoparticles can be designed to impart optimised efficiency, optimised functionality, reduced corrosion, retention of appearance, improved fuel efficiency and improved airflow, and are applicable in various industries.
This technology utilises the Stöber process to produce functionalised silica nanoparticles that have a very controlled and uniform size. Other attributes of the nanoparticles include:
One of the key applications of this technology is an anti-soiling coating which has demonstrated a combination of:
Different coatings can be developed for the automotive, renewable energy, aviation / aerospace, telecommunications, marine, additive and construction sectors, across a wide range of applications. For example:
There are currently few (if any) coatings in the market that are able to be manipulated depending on the need. As an example, there are many hydrophobic coatings available but few of them retain durability over time, and therefore require re-application. This 'materials by design' approach allows ‘tunable’ coatings for customers’ requirements, meaning each solution is developed to provide optimum efficiency regardless of its application.