Last edited 23 May 2019

Smart coating

Smart coatings are coatings designed to impart functionality to the applied surfaces. Smart coatings can actively sense and respond to external environmental stimuli such as pressure, temperature, light, and heat, and react with an appropriate response. Nano materials have recently emerged as useful technique for providing improved functionality in making such coatings. There are smart coatings for corrosion resistance, self-healing, antimicrobial, self-cleaning, and others.

The smart coatings market is expected to grow to 2027 due to factors such as growing demand from end-user industries, growing demands for low-maintenance products and superior properties. However, stringent environmental regulations and the high cost of smart coatings may restrict growth.

The global smart coatings market is segmented on the basis of function, layer and end use.

  • Based on function, the market is segmented as anti-corrosion, anti-icing, anti-microbial, anti-fouling, self-healing, self-cleaning, and others' smart coatings.
  • On the basis of layer, the market is segmented as single layer and multi-layer.
  • On the basis of end use the market is classified as automotive and transportation, marine, building and construction, aerospace and defense, and others.

The key smart coatings companies are:

  • 3M
  • AnCatt
  • BASF SE
  • Bayer AG
  • DuPont
  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • Industrial Nanotech, Inc.
  • Jotun
  • Tesla NanoCoatings
  • The Dow Chemical Company

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