Applications and types:
Anti-corrosive coatings: When applied to a metal, the coating stops chemical compounds from coming into contact with corrosive materials, this stops processes like oxidation.
Waterproof and non-stick clothing: A hydrophilic coating can be applied to various pieces of clothing, whilst the non-stick has applications in furniture, electricals and glass.
Antibacterial coating: These coatings help to inhibit the growth of microorganisms, which is particularly suitable for areas such as public transport.
Thermal barrier coating: This type of coating is particularly prevalent in the aviation industry and is normally applied to metallic surfaces. The elevated temperatures that planes work at have opened up the possibility of the coatings’ use in high powered automobiles.
Anti-abrasion coatings: The main application of this coating is to prolong the life cycle of the surface by lessening the amount of friction that occurs.
Self-healing coatings: The filled nano-capsules inside this coating help repair the surface should any scratching occur. They can be found in everyday items including phones and automotive paints.
Anti-reflection coatings: This coating does not increase transmission, rather it just reduces the reflection on the incident side