Nanotechnology in Coatings – Online Training Course from SpecialChem


Nanoparticles are of great scientific interest in the coatings industry as they are effectively a bridge between bulk materials and atomic or molecular structures. A bulk material should have constant physical properties regardless of its size, but at the nano-scale this is often not the case. Size-dependent properties are observed such as quantum confinement in semiconductor particles, surface plasmon resonance in some metal particles and superparamagnetism in magnetic materials.

In this e-Training Course, Mark Drukenbrod,dispersion specialist and graduate physicist will give attendees a basic working knowledge of nanotechnology for coatings, which coalesces the fields of chemistry, physics, biology and material science. Most available types of nanoparticle will be discussed, along with information on formulating with and getting the most out of their powerful benefit set.

Date and Duration

The Nanotechnology in Coatings online course will take place on:

Wednesday February 27, 2008
3 p.m.
London, 4 p.m. Paris, 10 a.m. New York
(duration: 90 minutes, including (Q&A) 

What You Can Expect to Learn

By participating in The Nanotechnology in Coatings online course you can expect to:

•        Understand how nanomaterials can enhance the functionality of coatings, which materials to use for each function, and how to process each

•        Learn about the mass and specular physics, chemistry (functionality, reactivity, viscosity, dispersability) electrical and quantum effects of each type material

•        Learn when to use other less expensive means to a similar end if the formulation profile does not absolutely require the use of nanoparticle science

•        Understand more about application niches: general industry, architectural, automotive and aerospace industries

Who Should Attend

The Nanotechnology in Coatings online course will benefit both newcomers to the industry and specialists wishing to enhance their understanding of nanoparticles in coatings formulations:

•        Employees responsible for production of coatings materials containing nanoparticles, from line level to management

•        Research and development personnel, product managers working in these fields: Automotive, Aerospace, Smart coatings, Military coatings.

•        Marketing and sales personnel who need a greater understanding of nanotechnical products, their specification and production

Course Program

The Nanotechnology in Coatings online course will cover:

1.      General Introduction to nanotechnology for Coatings

2.      History of nanotechnology in the coatings industry

3.      How do these nanomaterials differ from standard pigments, fillers and polymers?
Bulk effects to surface effects
Mechanical properties to quantum properties

4.      Forms of nanoparticles or nanostructures commonly used in coatings
Fullerenes and fullerene-like bodies

5.      Electrical and quantum properties of nano-stage matter

6.      Definition of nanoparticles

7.      Synthesis routes to nanoparticle production
Solid state or attrition
Vapor phase condensation
Chemical synthesis

8.      Processing and dispersion of nanoparticles by type

9.      Coating and chemical modification of nanoparticles

10.  Use of nanoparticles in coatings
Common nanomaterials in coatings
Common nanomaterials in inks
Common nanomaterials in ceramics
Common nanomaterials in electronics and optics

11.  Physical application examples

12.  Functional and/or smart coatings through self assembly

13.  Potential risks of nanotechnology

Posted February 2008

For more information please contact SpecialChem e-training


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