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Vitolane resins enable new high performance coatings

Connect, no. 151, November/December 2007, p.8

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TWI has developed a new affordable way of manufacturing silsesquioxanes called Vitolane ( www.vitolane.com). These materials form the basis of transparent 'glass like' coatings for polymers and metals which can confer special properties such as:

  • Excellent abrasion resistance
  • Anti-fog
  • Non-stick
  • Corrosion resistance
  • Easy-clean

Vitolane can be chemically tailored to meet the needs of particular applications and its use is not limited to coatings, for example, improving the performance of adhesives. Patent protection has been applied for and TWI is developing applications with customers in many industries including automotive, aerospace and the oil and gas sectors. Any Member company interested in the application of this technology is invited to contact Alec Gunner ( alec.gunner@twi.co.uk) for further information.

 

Water droplets on surfaces having different surface energies - the left hand droplet is on a non-stick, easy clean surface

 

 

Pen marks on surfaces having different surface energies - the left hand surface is on a non-stick, easy clean surface

 

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Tne configuration of a silsesquioxane molecule. The 'R' labels show sites of chemical functionality with one site populated with an acrylate ligand

 

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For more information please email:


contactus@twi.co.uk