Bio-inspired structures have been the subject of extreme scientific study. Scientists have attempted to replicate the physics and chemistry of these structures. This has lead to the design of artificial nano-engineered surfaces (NES) which has a multitude of commercial applications. Nano-engineered surfaces improve many industrial processes as well as a variety of consumer products. For instance, self-cleaning glass products which use superhydrophilic and photocatalytic coatings have already gained significant market.
The anticipated commercial applications during next five years can be listed as medical and personal care, antibacterial, water, dirt and insect repellent surfaces, anti-frost and anti-reflective surfaces, aerodynamic and fuel-saving metal coatings, self-cleaning cement and anti-glare building products. Some other anticipated commercial applications include superhydrophobic waterproofing, mobile communication devices, nanotextured LCD panels, waterproof building sunshades and sports apparel. With ongoing research and commercial developments the nano-engineered surfaces market is likely to grow in near future.
This is a developing market and most work in this field is recent. Many companies have got patents for their researched products, while others are waiting for their patents approval. U.S. currently is most promising market with plethora of research going in this field. Other regions such as European countries and major Asia Pacific economies (Japan, and China) have also shown growing interest in nano-engineered products.
Some of the key industry players include BASF AG, Aculon Inc., BigSky Technologies LLC, Delmic BV, Devan Chemicals NV, Biotomo Pty. Ltd., Entegris Inc., DryWired, Furukawa Kikou Corp. Ltd., Italcementi S.P.A, HzO Inc., Lightmotif B.V., Liquipel, LLC, Lotus Leaf Coatings, mPhase Technologies Inc., Magnolia Solar Inc., Nanofilm Ltd., Nanopool GmbH, Nanomech Inc., nanoShell Ltd., Nano-Tex Inc., Nanosys Inc., NanoTouch Materials LLC, PolymerPlus LLC, P2i Ltd., PureTi Inc. and Rolith Inc.
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