Anti-reflective (AR) coatings are protective coatings applied to a substrate to reduce reflection; the decrease in reflection improves the contrast of the image by mitigation of scattering light. The basic principle behind the working of anti-reflective coatings relies on the waves that are reflected from different optical interfaces, which tend to cancel each other by destructive interference. With a global adoption potential, AR coatings are in use across industries including optical, automotive, electronics, and many more. While North America and Europe are considered stable markets, countries in the APAC region are seen as areas of high growth potential. For example, China, India, Australia, and Japan are inclined toward embracing non-fluorinated AR coatings to meet requirements of rapidly developing photovoltaic (PV) industry with the need to protect the environment through sustainable coatings. This issue of Futuretech TOE provides an overview of AR coatings, its characteristics and applications. Innovations related to the coatings are also highlighted with an IP trend analysis and a technology adoption roadmap.
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Keywords: Anti-reflective coatings, protective coatings, photovoltaic, sustainable coatings, non-fluorinated AR coatings