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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Hybrid coatings increase hardness of plastic

Increasing the surface hardness of many materials opens them up for use in a wide variety of new applications. These new hybrid materials could be used in areas like anticorrosion coatings for metals, scratch and abrasion resistant coatings for plastics, antistatic films plus color decorative coatings for glass and plastics.

Researchers at the Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa, Fuente de Poseidon y Prol and Centro de Investigacion y Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional developed composite materials with reinforced properties to produce hybrid coatings combining the complementary properties of inorganic and organic materials.

They found that the hardness of the hybrid coatings was three to ten times higher than that of ordinary acrylic plastics. Their full paper is available at azom.com. (photo Plastics Institute of America)

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