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Silica 'spiky screws' could enhance industrial coatings, additive manufacturing

01-Jul-2015

It took marine sponges millions of years to perfect their spike-like structures, but research mimicking these formations may soon alter how industrial coatings and 3-D printed to additively manufactured objects are produced.A molecular process developed by researchers at the Department of ...

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AkzoNobel expands Performance Coatings research facility in Houston

30-Jun-2015

AkzoNobel Performance Coatingsis investingaround€3 million($3.4 million)to expand its researchand developmentfacilities in Houston, Texas. The upgraded facility willsupport the company'sProtective Coatings,Marine Coatings and Specialty Coatings businesses.Completion isdue inearly ...

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ORNL superhydrophobic glass coating offers clear benefits

15-May-2015

A moth's eye and lotus leaf were the inspirations for an antireflective water-repelling, or superhydrophobic, glass coating that holds significant potential for solar panels, lenses, detectors, windows, weapons systems and many other products.The discovery by researchers at the Department of ...

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PPG Completes Acquisition of Automotive Specialty Materials Manufacturer REVOCOAT

07-Apr-2015

PPG Industries announced that it has completed the acquisition of REVOCOAT, a global supplier of sealants, adhesives and damper products for the automotive industry, from the AXSON Group. Financial terms were not disclosed.“The addition of REVOCOAT to our automotive coatings business strengthens ...

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Nanowire clothing could keep people warm - without heating everything else

09-Jan-2015

To stay warm when temperatures drop outside, we heat our indoor spaces - even when no one is in them. But scientists have now developed a novel nanowire coating for clothes that can both generate heat and trap the heat from our bodies better than regular clothes. They report on their technology, ...

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Lubrizol and VELOX Announce New Distribution Partnership

16-Jun-2014

Lubrizol Advanced Materials M.S. S.L. (FKA Merquinsa) announced a new distribution partnership with VELOX GmbH for its Merquinsa legacy TPU technologies. VELOX is a distributor of raw material specialities for the plastics, composites, rubber, paints and coatings industries across Europe. VELOX ...

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New smart coating could make oil-spill cleanup faster and more efficient

16-May-2014

In the wake of recent off-shore oil spills, and with the growing popularity of "fracking" — in which water is used to release oil and gas from shale — there's a need for easy, quick ways to separate oil and water. Now, scientists have developed coatings that can do just that. Their report on the ...

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Off-the-shelf materials lead to self-healing polymers

06-Feb-2014

Look out, super glue and paint thinner. Thanks to new dynamic materials developed at the University of Illinois, removable paint and self-healing plastics soon could be household products. U. of I. materials science and engineering professor Jianjun Cheng, graduate student Hanze Ying and ...

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New insights on controlling nanoparticle stability

New findings could enhance stabilizing or destabilizing nanoparticles, depending on their uses

11-Dec-2013

University of Oregon chemists studying the structure of ligand-stabilized gold nanoparticles have captured fundamental new insights about their stability. The information, they say, could help to maintain a desired, integral property in nanoparticles used in electronic devices, where stability is ...

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New forensic technique for identifying cloth fibers

31-Oct-2013

Crime-scene investigators may soon have a new tool to help them catch evildoers. Researchers have demonstrated the proof-of-principle for a new forensic technique to identify individual fibers of cloth, which often all look alike. "White cotton fibers are so common and have so few visual ...

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