Surface Protection with Nanotechnology

June 10, 2010

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Nanotechnology is gaining momentum as it is being used in an increasing number of industrial and commercial applications. Designing materials and devices on the atomic or molecular level makes it possible to change the chemical properties of affected materials. When it comes to surface protection, nanotechnology is put to good use with nano-scale protective coatings products that imbue the surface with high performance and outstanding resistance from many types of damages.

One notable nanotechnology application for surface protection comes from the Diamon Fusion® nanotechnology. It is a patented technology involving the manufacture of capped silicone films. The technology utilizes a chemical vapor deposition process that protects silicon-dioxide-based surfaces. The protective coatings work well in glass, ceramic, granite and porcelain surfaces. The vapor formulation reacts with moisture and silica in a two-stage chemical process. The first stage creates cross-linked films when reacting to a silica-treated surface. The second stage caps the surface to increase its water repellant properties. It also increases the surface’s imperviousness to other contaminants.

One way to apply Diamon Fusion® protective coatings requires the use of a vapor deposition system on an air-tight room. This is perfect for high volume batch applications. Another way is by hand-applying the liquid product to the target surface. Both methods result to the application of protective coatings that are “cross-linked and branched, capped silicone films”, as covered in the patents.

The protective coatings are visibly clear in color and will not affect the substrate they were applied on. They will not cause any discoloration, nor chip off the surface, nor unravel the chemical bond created create with the surface.

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