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Challener C.,CoatingsTech
JCT CoatingsTech | Year: 2010

Various manufacturers have focused their efforts in the development of novel and unique coating materials and films that can protect, improve, and power solar cells. DuPont introduced a new DuPont™ PV5300 sheet based on ionomer, which is more stiffer, stronger, and resistant to moisture intrusion, and is undergoing weathering and durability tests on different solar cells. Professor Yi Cui and colleagues at Stanford University have developed a nano-coating that can reduce reflection in solar cells. Konarka Technologies is marketing a line of solar panels for use in various portable charging applications based on its Power Plastic® material. Plextronic's Plexcore® PV is a ready-to-use ink system consisting of a photoactive ink and custom-designed hole transport ink that are solution processable. Source


Challener C.,CoatingsTech
JCT CoatingsTech | Year: 2010

The present market size for all polymer-based roof coating is likely to be around $500-$550 million by The ChemQuest Group. The majority of these coatings are acrylic formulations with urethanes, silicones and exposies. The Dow Chemical Company and BASF are the leading resin suppliers for the field applied segment, where the strong growth rate for acrylics in particular is in large part driven by the political attention that coo roof coatings have received in 2009, specifically from the DOE and Secretary Steven Chu. At least one new entrant into the roof coating market is hoping to get a share of the cool coatings market. United Environment & Energy is developing a smart roof coating that can respond changes in temperature. Initial tests have been positive with Asphalt shingles coated with the new material having been found to reduce the roof temperature in warm weather and increase the roof temperature in cooler weather as compared to a traditional cool roof. Source


Challener C.,CoatingsTech
JCT CoatingsTech | Year: 2012

Nanomaterials are being increasingly used in coating materials despite the uncertainty regarding the future regulation of nanomaterials. New nanomaterials-enhanced coatings enable and improve mar and scratch resistance, provide durable UV protection, and act as alternatives to chromium and zinc for corrosion protection. The White House Emerging Technologies Interagency Policy Coordination Committee (ETIPC) has developed a set of principles specific to the regulation and oversight of applications of nanotechnology to guide the development and implementation of policies at the agency level. California, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina are some of the states that have targeted nanomaterials as chemicals of concern and are evaluating the appropriate steps to take. The most successful applications of nanocoatings have focused on three improved properties, abrasion resistance, UV resistance and corrosion protection. Source


Challener C.,CoatingsTech
JCT CoatingsTech | Year: 2013

The green building movement continues to have a significant influence on the paint and coatings industry. Formulators and their suppliers develop products and processes designed to meet the standards of the many groups that certify construction materials and the buildings made with them. Here, CoatingsTech presents the views of a number of raw materials suppliers and coating manufacturers on how the green building movement has affected the industry in general, and what influence it has had on their specific product development and manufacturing activities. © 2013 by ACA. Source


Challener C.,CoatingsTech
JCT CoatingsTech | Year: 2014

As with most coating end-users, customers in the aerospace and military sectors look for ways to lower cost and increase the ease of applicability of coating technologies while maintaining the desired level of performance. Direct-to-metal (DTM), or self-priming, coatings have provided such benefits when used in light- to medium-duty general applications. However, there have been significant challenges with their use in the more demanding aerospace and military applications. Here, CoatingsTech details the advantages that can be gained with the use of DTM coatings, such as increased coating application efficiency, lower costs, reduced labor demand, and lower energy use. Such benefits are examined in the context of the recent advances in DTM technologies and the challenges that still remain. Source

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