Issue 37 Nanotech Magazine: Anti-reflective nanocoatings, Anti-icing nanocoatings, Graphene in South Korea


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Published August 2015 | 23 pages | £30

Anti-reflective nanocoatings

Nanocoatings are playing a key role in minimizing the light reflection on the surface of devices such as displays, sensors, photodetectors and solar cells.

This article features:

1. Market drivers and trends in anti-reflective nanocoatings

  • Growth in the optical and optoelectronics devices markets
  • Improved performance and cost over traditional AR coatings
  • Growth in the solar energy market

2. Benefits of using anti-reflective nanocoatings

3. Commercial activities in anti-reflective nanocoatings

Figure 1: Schematic of AR coating utilizing nanoporous coating

Table 1: Anti-reflective nanocoatings-Markets and applications

Figure 2: Demo solar panels coated with  AR coatings

Figure 3: Schematic of AR nanocoating

Figure 4: Contact lenses coated with anti-reflective films

Figure 5: Prototype flexible, thin-film solar cell with AR coating

Figure 6: Moth eye (nanocone array surface) fabricated in fused silica glass

Anti-icing nanocoatings

Traditionanl de-icing technology has significant drawbacks, not least environmental, that have opened the door for the development of nanocoatings.
1. Market drivers for anti-icing nanocoatings
2. Benefits of using anti-icing nanocoatings
3. Commercial activities in anti-icing nanocoatings
Table 1: Anti-icing nanocoatings-Markets and applications
Figure 1:Coatings for the reduction in ice adhesion
Figure 2: Carbon nanotube based anti-icing/de-icing device
Figure 3: GE nanocoated surface in comparison to existing surfaces
Figure 4: Schematic of HeatCoatTM Anti-Icing Technology.
Figure 5: HybridShield Icephobic coatings

Graphene in South Korea

The South Korean government has funded nano tech to the tune of $3 billion since 2001. With another $300 million plus allocated for graphene they are expecting to see products by 2017.

1. Nanotechnology funding in South Korea

2. Graphene funding

3. Government research centres and graphene activity.


Who, what, where, when

Profiles of recent nanotech start-ups and spin-offs including companies and researchers developing technology in the following areas:

  • Nanotube enhanced fibre/resin systems
  • Biofriendly anti-microbial silver nanoparticles
  • Heat resistant dyes
  • 3D tissue engineering product for drug screening
  • Water filters incorporating silver nanoparticles
  • Nanosensors
  • Nanoparticles for cancer therapy
  • Nanoadditives for food
  • Nanocellulose in thermoplastics.


Recent nanotech industry developments

In-depth focus on recent industry developments including:

  • Cima Nanotech announce joint venture with FoxConn
  • Merck and Nano-C launch new fullerene products for photovoltaics
  • Nanopool buys Buhler’s nano division
  • Nanocoatings company HZO partners with major consumer electronics producers
  • Brazilian Agri-giant use nanoparticles in milk packaging to double shelf-life
  • StoreDot continues work on rechargeable batteries
  • University of Manchester start-up to develop graphene inks
  • Skeleton Technologies announces graphene ultracapacitor battery for trucks
  • Angstron Materials secures investment to increase manufacturing capacity
  • Leon Nanodrugs GmbH secures 18.5 million euros investment
  • Dutch launch Nanoexposure tool
  • Nanoco announces significant progress in quantum dot displays
  • Quantum dots manufacturer partners with display panel manufacturer
  • UK body publish report on workplace exposure to nanomaterials
  • Canada makes nanomaterials request
  • JRC Publishes Nanomaterial Risk Assessment Recommendations
  • USDA published guidance on use of nanomaterials in feed
  • Companies appeal Nano-SiO2 decision


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