Nanotechnology applications in the plastics industry
Nanotechnology applied to plastic materials makes it possible to improve their properties in different ways, such as by increasing their hardness, UV resistance and flame retardancy. Nanoparticles can also be used to provide advanced functionalities such as electrical and thermal conductivity, absorption of gases and hydrophobicity. This technology offers endless possibilities because it can be applied in any industry or sector.
New nanomaterials will enable capturing CO2 from industrial emissions with improved CO2 desorption. These materials have also been shown useful as catalysts in the recovery of CO2 for the synthesis of chemical products.
Five technology centres, coordinated by AIMPLAS, have developed new coatings for plastics, wood, metal, ceramics and glass, which allow giving new properties to these traditional materials.
Is possible that a drop of water bounces over a surface without wetting it? An interaction exists among solid and liquid materials that makes difficult to imagine it. However, science has developed huge advances in the last decades in this field, ope...