Over the past decade, bioinspired structures—ranging from various plant leaves, to insects, gecko feet, crustaceans, and even butterfly wings—have been the subject of intense scientific scrutiny. In many cases scientists have unraveled and replicated the underlying physics and chemistry of these intriguing structures, leading to the prospect of designing artificial ”nanoengineered” surfaces (NES) suitable for a multitude of commercial applications. Initially these novel surfaces are being explored specifically in terms of managing their interactions with liquids, vapors, solids, and light.
Nanoengineered surfaces promise to improve numerous industrial processes as well as a variety of consumer products. For example, commercially existent self-cleaning glass products—which rely on superhydrophilic/photocatalytic coatings—are already generating significant revenues. Within the next five years other anticipated commercial market developments range from:
•Biomedical—hospital and personal care antibacterial treatments, and anti-biofouling marine coatings.
•Automotive—water/dirt/insect repellent, and antifrost, antifog, and antireflective surface treatments.
•Aviation— de-icing and aerodynamic/fuel-saving metal protection coatings.
•Building and Architectural Materials—self-cleaning glass and cement, and anti-glare aluminum and plastic building products.
•Electronics—superhydrophobic waterproofing and oleophobicity for hearing aids, mobile communication devices, and nanotextured LCD panels for retail displays.
•Energy—long shelf-life batteries, fuel cell components, HVAC heat exchanger coils, oil and gas flow equipment lubricants, oil/water separation and remediation, rigid and flexible solar panels, and wind and steam turbines.
•Optics—anti-reflective mobile device displays, mobile device security, flat panel glass displays and nanophotonic (non-pigmented) cosmetics.
•Textiles— waterproof building awnings and high-performance sports apparel.
With these impending commercial developments and their enormous business potential, BCC provides the first timely market report focusing on nanoengineered surfaces—where they are currently and where they might be in the next decade.
STUDY GOAL AND OBJECTIVES
The primary objective of this report is threefold:
•Assess the current state of the art in NES technology.
•Identify the current market players seeking to exploit NES.
•Evaluate actual or potential markets in terms of specific application sectors, subsectors and projected 10-year market revenues.
SCOPE OF REPORT
The scope of this report is the global market for all products based on nanoengineered surfaces.
In addition to the Introduction and Summary, this report is divided into the following chapters:
CHAPTER THREE—TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW defines the topic, outlines pioneering R&D, describes the unique capillary and optical interaction properties, identifies the various fabrication methods, and summarizes first-generation commercial application revenues of biomimetically inspired NES.
CHAPTER FOUR—PATENT ANALYSIS provides an extensive USPTO search analysis based on the key words superhydrophobic and superhydrophilic and identifies the most active U.S. and foreign organizations involved.
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