Functional coatings include a broad range of systems and applications requiring a multi-disciplinary set of skills. Our team of experts have backgrounds in materials science, polymer chemistry, nanotechnology, and speciality chemicals, ensuring an in-depth understanding of innovation in this technically-demanding area.
Functional coatings appear in almost every product we come across, from anti-fouling ships to scratch-resistant mobile phone screens. While coatings have been commercially available for decades, this field is expanding and evolving, resulting in new and exciting developments. To quote the British Coatings Federation: “Coatings are the most looked at, yet the most overlooked products around.”
Our Chemistry & Materials teams have a range of technical expertise covering inks, paints and pigments, corrosion protection, low VOC coatings, optical coatings and medical materials.
We are particularly experienced in the use of polymers, alloys and composites as coatings. We have additional knowledge of associated methods of manufacture and mechanisms to add these new functionalities. Patent prosecution in this field comes with its own set of challenges, with which our experts are very familiar.