Hydrophobic TOP COAT for marine application
- Advanced materials
Through the successful cooperation with the technology centres, ChemiTek has developed eco-friendly topcoats for marine applications, without using biocides. The use of hydrophobic additives and nanoparticles for surface roughness increased the coating WCA to around 120⁰.
The project optimised the polymeric formulation with hydrophobic properties, which was already developed by Chemitek. The developed coating demonstrated a combination of excellent properties, i.e., excellent adhesion, the low swelling ratio in water, excellent anti-biofouling performance, and high corrosion stability, which makes it suitable for the marine anti-fouling coating application.
Cooperation with KET TC
Key success factors
The key success factors were the KET TC’s expertise, combined with the SME’s know-how. The cooperation between the SME and the KET TCs resulted in ChemiTek gaining the essential knowledge for the use of hydrophobic additives, preparation of nanoparticles with hydrophobic behaviour, preparation of a topcoat with good adhesion and corrosion properties, etc. ChemiTek is extremely satisfied with the project, which improved its production processes and provided an innovative and environmentally-friendly product.