Nanoscale coatings are particularly suited to protecting the surface of various
construction materials such as glass, concrete, sand limestone or marble from
environmental influences like water staining, moss, algae as well as soot and
oil stains, and also function as corrosion inhibitors for reinforced steel.
Paints and surface coatings are commercially available that create a low energy
facing thus rendering a building surface highly hydro- and oleophobic, thereby
helping to prolong maintenance cycles and to ease cleaning. Dirt repellent protective
paints and photocatalytic coatings are the most prominent applications in construction
and exterior protection industry. In recent years, self-cleaning coatings using
photocatalytic Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) has gained considerable industry attention.
With assistance of little UV light from fluorescence source or sunlight, TiO2
offers two unique properties:
(a) strong oxidation power (b) super-hydrophilicity.
The construction and exterior protection sector is one of the largest markets
for nanoscale coatings at present, and is an especially competitive market in
Germany and Asia.
The current market is estimated to around US$130million, rising to US$400million
plus by 2015.
Report contents include:
Production methods and coating types
Market structures, market drivers and revenues