This Advanced Coatings and Surface Technologies TOE features innovations in smart coatings. Previously, coatings were developed as a means to protect a surface or enhance its physical or chemical characteristics. Now, in line with the megatrend of miniaturization, coatings can sense and interact with their surroundings. Smart coatings can essentially be made of programmable materials that embody specific physical, chemical, electrical, and mechanical properties.
The Advanced Coating & Surface Technology TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications and strategic insights on various coatings across industries. This encompasses protective and functional coatings such as antimicrobial coatings, food coatings, energy-saving coatings, smart glazing, hydrophilic, hydrophobic and super hydrophobic coatings, corrosion protection coatings, barrier coatings and paints.
The Materials and Coatings cluster tracks research & innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thin films, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries.
Keywords: Smart coatings, programmable coatings, self-healing coatings, tint film, automotive coatings, coatings for glass