UV Coatings

Our UV coating work was initiated upon successful development work in electron beam cross-linking which led to subsequent collaborations. Research of novel UV coatings is of the highest importance for various industries.

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Coatings offer protection against external threats for susceptible surfaces. Applications of coatings are present in numerous products of everyday life such as skin products, external walls paintings, and high tech products such as airplane walls, electronics and others. UV coatings are based on the partial or total reflection of UV beams on a surface. Two types of approaches for UV coatings are the use of specific polymeric compounds and the use of mineral nanoparticle reflectors.

Use of mineral nanoparticles for the reflection of UV rays is well known in the cosmetics industry. On the other hand, polymeric compounds can be effective for potential use against harmful UV effects on surfaces. These include vegetable oils, metal containing composites, acrylic copolymers, N,N′-di(naphth-1-yl)-N,N′-diphenyl-benzidine, and ZnO polymer composites.

Curing ovens times and sequential cooling are factors of consideration as energy costs and production speed depend rely on these characteristics. Paint and adhesives industries aim at long lasting products for external surfaces. Cosmetic industries are improving the efficiency of their skin care products while creating skin friendly products.

UV coatings and solar protection coatings in general have experienced a great growth of research and applications due to the globe’s increasing temperature. Countries close to the equator are expected to demand more efficient products to minimize their energy consumption.