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Self-cleaning surfaces would effectively eliminate the need for washing
nGimat has been awarded a two-year, $750,000 SBIR Phase II contract by the Department of Energy for the development of nanostructured superhydrophobic self-cleaning surfaces on glass utilizing its patented Combustion Chemical Vapor Deposition (CCVD) process. Self-cleaning surfaces are receiving attention for a wide variety of consumer, industrial, military, and aerospace applications, such as architectural glass for homes and commercial buildings, automotive glass, shower doors, solar panel surfaces, and microfluidic systems.
“We plan to build on our promising preliminary results during the Phase II effort by focusing on nanostructured surface performance, scale-up and manufacturing costs,” said Todd Polley, VP of nGimat. “nGimat has received inquiries from multiple potential customers, several of whom are in the process of evaluating nGimat’s self-cleaning surfaces for commercial glass products.”
Self-cleaning surfaces would effectively eliminate the need for washing, scrubbing and chemical polishing of windows, ceramics and other surfaces. In addition to a reduction in cleaning requirements, these superhydrophobic surfaces have other benefits, such as improved safety when driving in severe rain and snow, and improved efficiency for solar cells due to the coatings anti-reflective and self-cleaning properties. “We believe that our coating technology will enable high performance surfaces on large substrates at costs that will speed market adoption,” said Dr. Polley.
nGimat Co. is a manufacturer and innovator of engineered nanomaterials, including nanopowders, thin films, and devices that incorporate these materials. nGimat’s Combustion Chemical Vapor Deposition (CCVD) and NanoSpraySM processes along with its Nanomiser® Device are used to synthesize nanopowders and thin films of numerous and complex materials. The Company currently has a portfolio of 37 U.S. patents, 47 non-U.S. patents, and is processing over 125 patent applications.
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