Shining bright in matte coatings market

Shining bright in matte coatings market

By Leendert Molhoek-Long history of powder coating innovation: Powder coating technology has come a long way in the last 60 years. The success of the technology has been driven by the continuous improvement in raw materials, formulating techniques, and manufacturing processes. Nowadays, the aesthetic, operational and environmental advantages of this technology make it a well-established alternative to traditional liquid coatings for both indoor and outdoor applications, and in a very diverse range of markets, from automotive and architecture to furniture, design and beyond. Since the 1960s, Royal DSM has made a significant contribution to the development of powder coating technology. Read More

One of the major issues faced in urban cities is the concerns related to mobility. Getting from one place to another has become a tedious task considering the traffic congestion, air & noise pollution, vehicle safety, cost of fuel, most important human fatigue etc. Amidst all this chaos, one ray of hope is that future mobility and transportation will bring in more Automated, Connected, Electric, Shared (ACES) systems. For instance, the use of Ola/Uber-like services, riding on bicycles, using electric vehicles, having an automated, driverless car, flying taxis could all become the norm, changing the dynamics of the mobility industry. This sea of change will not only disrupt the automotive industry but also impact the entire eco system associated with the industry. Read More

Whether you’re wrapping a gift or bandaging a wound, you rely on an adhesive to get the job done. These sticky substances often are made from petroleum-derived materials, but what if there was a more sustainable way to make them? Now, a team of engineers at the University of Delaware has developed a novel process to make tape out of a major component of trees and plants called lignin-a substance that paper manufacturers typically throw away. What’s more, their invention performs just as well as at least two commercially available products. The researchers described their results in ACS Central Science, and they are working on more ways to upcycle scrap wood and plants into “designer materials” for consumer use. Read More

Is there no limit to what ionic liquids can do? They can help us make almost anything out of cellulose – in an efficient and environmentally friendly way. Ilkka Kilpelainen, professor of organic chemistry at the University of Helsinki, has stuck two square pieces of wood. Had they been glued together, we would have been able to smell it. But these pieces had been attached without glue, with the help of ionic liquids developed by Kilpelainen’s research group on the Kumpula Campus. “There’s no join between the pieces, they have become part of each other. Under a microscope, the cross section of the point where the two pieces meet just looks like an annual growth ring,” said Kilpelainen. Read More