Organic/inorganic hybrid coatings prepared via the sol-gel process have garnered considerable research and commercial interest over the last decade. The sol-gel process is considered attractive due to simple processing and relative low-cost, resulting in the creation of multi-functional, protective surfaces. This is due to the unique structure and properties of silica-based coatings and of hybrid inorganic-organic silicas in particular.
Enhanced coatings and surfaces obtained via this low-temperature route display a large range of bulk and surface properties that can be tailored by specific applications. The versatility of sol-gel nanocoatings has enabled solutions in industries such as electronics, optics, solar energy harvesting, aerospace, automotive engineering, marine protection, textiles and healthcare.
The sol-gel method also allows for control of the synthesis of multifunctional hybrid materials, where the organic, inorganic and, in some cases, biological precursors and polymers are mixed at a nanometer scale.
Properties that can be achieved with sol-gel coatings include:
- Hydrophobic surfaces
- Oleophobic surfaces
- Anti-microbial surfaces
- Easy to clean surfaces
- Protective transparent coatings
- Corrosion resistance
- Low friction
- Chemical resistance
- Antistatic surfaces
- Conducting/semi-conducting surfaces
- Extreme mechanical wear resistant properties
Key Topics Covered:
1 Executive Summary
2 What are Nanomaterials?
4 Nanomaterials Used in Coatings
5 Applications of Sol-Gel Nanocoatings
6 Market Segment Analysis, by End User Market
7 Nanocoatings Companies 335-380 (63 Company Profiles)
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