Surface Functionalisation through Nanoscale Science
coat-it provides coating nanoadditives for galvanic processes and polymeric formulations
Coat-it is a specialist company operating at the interface between surface treatment engineering and colloids science. We offer a smart nanoscale additives which can be integrated into the coating formulations and plating bath process to form a composite coating. This allows obtaining a high-performance polymer or metal-based nanocomposite protective coatings with enhanced mechanical properties and superior corrosion protection. Our additives are compatible with existing coating processes – so no need to change in your technology. Coat-it combines different expertise to solve our customer’s challenges by implementing desire surface properties which meet new or demanding working conditions.
The prevention and mitigation of corrosion in structural and functional materials drives a need to develop advanced coating materials and production methods, which are not environmentally damaging, while enhancing the material quality, durability and reducing cost. These requirements are the impetus for the current developments in alternative, advanced coating and processing solutions.
Implementation of our nano-additives provides superior anti-corrosion properties which will lead to increased efficiency and longer lifetime of coated material.
Mechanical properties of coatings can be improved by adding hard particles to the coating’s matrix. Our nano-additives allow tailoring mechanical properties, e.g. hardness, anti-wear, to meet demanding performance specifications in industries like oil and gas, chemicals, energy and automotive.
Our solution grants a limitation of energy demand in the deposition process by eliminating post-treatment procedures like annealing or passivation.
Additionally, an application of our aqueous nano-additives allows to removes many hours stirring of nano-solids before the plating process.
By applying our nano-additives, desired properties of the coating can be achieved during the plating stage. There is no need for additional post-deposition processes.
In the case of zinc passivation, this approach allows to save up to two days which would be required to get the product dry. For an electroless nickel, elimination of the heat-treatment could save one working day.
We work with our clients using our research and development capabilities to design the solution for their requirements when an appropriate off-the-shelf one is not available. We can improve mechanical and anti-corrosion features of metallic coatings, as well as create new coating’s characteristics by introducing exceptional properties like hydrophobicity, self-lubricity, self-cleanness, auto-catalysis or non-stickiness.