Dr Marcos Gallego Llorente, Principal
UAV 3D mapping;
Long shelf-life self-healing asphalt;
Crowd management algorithms,
Future airports & highways; etc.
chemIcals & materials
Lightweight specialty polymers;
aerospace & defence
Metallic 3D printing;
Electromagnetic shielding; etc.
automotive & transport
Next-gen maglev trains;
Biofuels & next-gen batteries;
High-friction tyres, etc.
Our industries of focus in Manufacturing.
Our most recent projects in Manufacturing.
Our most recent µInsight in Manufacturing.
The future global impact of smart nanocoatings
Driven by rapid urbanisation, infrastructure development and recovery of the global housing market, the demand for industrial protective coatings is increasing. These coatings have applications in various industries, including infrastructure and construction, oil and gas, automotive, aerospace, marine and electronics. In recent years, manufacturers and vendors have started moving towards eco-friendly water-borne coatings and new technologies that could decrease coating deposition time and volume, reduce environmental impact and cost. However, the introduction of novel coating technologies and sustainable practices remains one of the key market challenges. Increasingly protective coatings are desired to be functional as well as decorative and exhibit additional properties. The emerging innovation trends focus on the development and introduction of multifunctional smart coatings and nanocoatings. Nanocoatings are regarded as the most promising high-performance new coating type for construction applications. Compared to conventional coatings, they are more cost-effective, energy-efficient, easy-to-apply and environmentally friendly.