Frost.com - Chemicals and Materials Research http://www.frost.com/c/10138/home.do http://www.frost.com/c/10138/home.do - Chemicals and Materials Research Frost & Sullivan Global Fire Protection Coatings Market, Forecast to 2023 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=MCBA-01-00-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=MCBA-01-00-00-00 Fire protection coatings are coating systems that are required to be applied on structural elements in building & construction on various industries to provide adequate rescue and evacuation time in the event of a fire. Fire hazards are basically of two types which are hydrocarbon fire (that originates from burning of hydrocarbon based materials such as crude oil and natural gas) and cellulosic fire (that originates from cellulosic materials such as wood and paper). In this study, fire protection coatings are majorly classified as Hydrocarbon Intumescent Coatings, Hydrocarbon Cementitious Coatings, Cellulosic Intumescent Coatings and Cellulosic Cementitious Coatings. Intumescent coatings are materials that when exposed to fire expands to more than 60 times their original thickness and form a charred exterior to create a barrier between the external environment and the substrate. Cementitious coatings are materials based on cementitious raw materials such as Portland cement and gypsum that are inherently fire resistant and provide adequate fire insulation for a period of time. Hydrocarbon fires typically reach temperatures of over 1,100 C within a time span of 5 minutes and hence, demand highly effective fire-proofing solutions. Cellulosic fire protection systems are developed for civil construction and infrastructure projects. Cellulosic fires are caused by the burning of materials such as wood, paper, or textiles. The temperatures of cellulosic fires are slow to rise and can reach a peak of 950 C. The thickness and the number of coating layers applied on a substrate depend on the fire rating required by the end customer. Fire rating is the minimum duration of fire protection expected of the coating which is typically 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, or 3 hours. The higher the fire rating, the more the thickness required and more the number of layers of coating applied. End customers select the appropriate coating system based on certain specifications such as the substrate steel s properties, location of the structure, aesthetic requirements, duration of fire protection required, and probability of physical damage. The major industries affected by hydrocarbon fires are oil & gas, chemical & petrochemicals, marine, and power while cellulosic fire can occur at land based commercial and industrial constructions. The fire protection coatings market is at present highly competitive due to significant number of large and small market participants. Manufacturers are compelled to maintain prices at low levels due to high price sensitivity of customers in the developing countries Asia Pacific, which is the largest market for the overall fire protection coatings industry. Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Innovations in Powder Coatings http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D749-00-49-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D749-00-49-00-00 Powder coatings are used for imparting various functionalities including corrosion resistance, achieve high-quality finish, and improve the durability of substrates. Due to strict environmental norms for VOC emissions across the globe, the end-user industries are moving toward the adoption of solvent-free powder coatings with minimal or no VOC content. Controlled film thickness and easy application are some of the driving factors for the increased adoption of the coatings. Application industries such as automotive, construction, and consumer appliances are actively using powder coating techniques to deliver optimum results. The Advanced Coating & Surface Technology TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications and strategic insights on various coatings across industries. This encompasses protective and functional coatings such as antimicrobial coatings, food coatings, energy-saving coatings, smart glazing, hydrophilic, hydrophobic and super hydrophobic coatings, corrosion protection coatings, barrier coatings and paints. The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research & innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thin films, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: Powder coatings, coatings, gloss, solvent, polymer, resin, polyester, epoxy, polyurethane, hybrid epoxy-polyester resins, dibutyl phthalate, plasticizer, pectin, drug release Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Biocoagulants for Water and Wastewater Treatment http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D737-00-49-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D737-00-49-00-00 This High Tech Materials (TOE) features trends and innovations related to biobased coagulants that are quickly becoming widely adopted across industries due to their non-toxic and non-hazardous characteristics. This TOE focuses on various technologies used to develop natural coagulants that expedite the sedimentation process and reduce turbidity. The TOE also provides information on use of renewable ingredients in the manufacturing of coagulants, which poses less danger to human health and ecology by eliminating heavy metals and micropollutants from treated water. Corresponding patents are also provided along with industry interactions. The High-Tech Materials TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications, and strategic insights on various materials across industries. Some material technologies include lightweight materials, bio based materials, ceramics, smart materials, fibers, nanomaterials, responsive materials, polymers, woven and non woven materials, polymers and plastics and packaging materials. The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research and innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thinfilms, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers, and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: Water, wastewater, coagulants, treatment, biocoagulants Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 2D Nanomaterials in Industrial Applications http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D787-00-3E-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D787-00-3E-00-00 Two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials, including graphene, boron nitride, molybdenum disulfide, or cadmium telluride, have gained attention of researchers in recent times, due to their significant electronic and mechanical performance. The high level of interest in graphene is driving opportunities for other 2D nanomaterials with similar structure. Manufacturers are still facing difficulties in developing cost-effective and easy production methods for 2D nanomaterials that will allow these materials to compete with conventional technologies, such as conductive thin-films in electronic devices. This issue of Nanotech TOE presents recent innovations in 2D nanomaterials, intellectual property analysis, and factors limiting and driving growth of these materials. The Nanotech TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications, and strategic insights on nanotechnology-related innovations and their impact across various industries. Technology focus areas include nanomaterials, nanocoatings, nanohealthcare, nanomedicine, and nanomanufacturing. The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research & innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thin films, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: Nanomaterials, graphene, 2D nanomaterials, boron nitride, exfoliation, molybdenum disulfide, nanocomposite Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Plastics and Composites for the Aerospace Industry http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D825-00-11-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D825-00-11-00-00 The aerospace industry is focusing on reducing the weight of aircraft in order to attain better fuel efficiency and performance. This is creating a need for materials with better mechanical, chemical, and thermal properties that can replace heavy metals. With lightweight and durability of components of prime importance, lightweight composites (for both aircraft interiors and exteriors) are being seen as a viable solution to fulfill the industry requirements. Plastics Advisor TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications, and strategic insights of various plastics and composites and also analyses their impact across various industries. The Materials and Coatings cluster tracks research and innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thinfilms, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers, and several other related technologies and their impact and applications across industries. The Advanced Manufacturing and Automation (AMA) Cluster covers technologies that enable clean, lean and flexible manufacturing and industrial automation. Technologies such as three-dimensional (3D) and four-dimensional (4D) printing, wireless sensors and networks, information and communication technology, multimaterial joining, composites manufacturing, digital manufacturing, micro- and nano-manufacturing, lasers, advanced software, and printing techniques, are covered as part of this cluster. The technologies covered here impact a wide range of industries, such as the impact semiconductor, automotive and transportation, aerospace and defense, industrial, healthcare, logistics, and electronics industries. Keywords: Aircraft, aerospace, aviation, aircraft interior, aircraft exterior, lightweight composites, polymers, plastics, polyurethane (PU), polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), polyaryletherketone (PAEK), polyether ether ketone (PEEK), polycarbonate, polymeric foam, propargyl ether, phthalonitril, carbon nanotubes Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 High-performance Ceramic Coatings http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D749-00-48-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D749-00-48-00-00 Ceramic coatings help in improving life of components and imparting hardness and wear resistance to them. These coatings can also be used for complex geometries and parts. The coatings can be customized to impart desired functionalities through use of surface modification techniques. The Advanced Coating & Surface Technology TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications and strategic insights on various coatings across industries. This encompasses protective and functional coatings such as antimicrobial coatings, food coatings, energy-saving coatings, smart glazing, hydrophilic, hydrophobic and super hydrophobic coatings, corrosion protection coatings, barrier coatings and paints. The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research & innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thin films, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: Ceramic coatings, high performance, corrosion resistance Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Innovations in Healthcare, Energy Storage, Photodetectors, and Cloud Computing http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D707-00-3C-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D707-00-3C-00-00 This edition of the Inside R&D TOE depicts innovations in healthcare, energy storage, photodetectors, and cloud computing. The TOE emphasizes on developments in the fields of a self-healing coating for medical implanted devices, sensors manufacturing, and pain-free blood collection devices. Inside R&D TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) covers global innovations that are in research and development in virtually all technology areas. We provide intelligence and insights on innovations spanning a wide variety of industry areas, including automation, electronics, sensors, information and communication technologies, manufacturing, health, wellness, medical devices, pharma, biotechnology, materials, coatings, renewable fuels, automotive, power systems, sustainable energy solutions and innovations that contribute to a cleaner and greener environment. Keywords: Healthcare, energy storage, self-healing coatings, medical implant devices, sensors, blood collection devices Fri, 3 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Chemical and Material Innovations Enabling Product Authentication and Brand Protection http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D737-00-47-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D737-00-47-00-00 Companies across industries are using product authentication and brand protection technologies to prevent counterfeiting and protect with brand name and image. These technologies range from 3D films to security fibers and chemical additives added in the packaging. The recent chemical and material developments from companies operating in this industry are focused on either security solutions that can be installed during the production process or one-stop solutions that can combat all security and counterfeiting threats. The High-Tech Materials TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications, and strategic insights on various materials across industries. Some material technologies include lightweight materials, bio based materials, ceramics, smart materials, fibers, nanomaterials, responsive materials, polymers, woven and non woven materials, polymers and plastics and packaging materials. The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research and innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thinfilms, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers, and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: Product authentication, brand protection, threat, packaging Fri, 3 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Research Advances in Biomimetic Coatings http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D749-00-47-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D749-00-47-00-00 Biomimetics is the study of nature and natural phenomena. Principles of biomimetics can be for applied for technology and product development to address application specific challenges. The concept can help adoption of products with higher performance in several application spaces. In Europe, Japan, and the US. Biomimetics is being recognized as the technology of the future and there is increasing interest related to R&D and funding. Technologies inspired from sharkskin, naturally mimicked proteins, and lotus leaf phenomena have been developed for use in aerospace, marine, medical, and automotive industries. The Advanced Coating & Surface Technology TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications and strategic insights on various coatings across industries. This encompasses protective and functional coatings such as antimicrobial coatings, food coatings, energy-saving coatings, smart glazing, hydrophilic, hydrophobic and super hydrophobic coatings, corrosion protection coatings, barrier coatings and paints. The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research & innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thin films, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: Biomimetic, lotus leaf phenomena, natural resources, spider silk Fri, 3 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Nanocrystalline Materials for Satisfying High Performance Requirements http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D787-00-3C-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D787-00-3C-00-00 A nanocrystal is a material particle having at least one dimension smaller than 100 nanometres (a nanoparticle) and composed of atoms in either a single- or poly-crystalline arrangement. Several kinds of nanocrystals such as quantum dots, nanocellulose are being widely researched across the globe. Key developmental efforts are targeted toward fine-tuning various nanocrystals across applications, prominent being medical and automotive. The Nanotech TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications, and strategic insights on nanotechnology-related innovations and their impact across various industries. Technology focus areas include nanomaterials, nanocoatings, nanohealthcare, nanomedicine, and nanomanufacturing. The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research & innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thin films, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: Quantum dots, nanocellulose, zirconia nanocrystals, nanocomposites Fri, 3 Mar 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Low Temperature Polycrystalline Silicon for Next-Gen Displays http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D737-00-46-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D737-00-46-00-00 Low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) is polycrystalline silicon that is fabricated at lower temperatures, and is largely used in the consumer electronics industry for the development of large-area displays with high resolution. LTPS thin-film-transistors (TFTs) have high scope for adoption for liquid crystal display (LCD) panels as they provide high design flexibility at low material costs. High demand for flexible displays and compact mobile devices drives innovations in LTPS with high performance attributes, creating a high market potential for the material. The High-Tech Materials TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications, and strategic insights on various materials across industries. Some material technologies include lightweight materials, bio based materials, ceramics, smart materials, fibers, nanomaterials, responsive materials, polymers, woven and non woven materials, polymers and plastics and packaging materials. The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research and innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thinfilms, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers, and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Miniaturization, a move toward lower power consumption, and the need for enhanced features are driving innovations in the electronics sector. Technology focus areas include semiconductor manufacturing and design, flexible electronics, 3D integration/IC, MEMS and NEMS, solid state lighting, advanced displays, nanoelectronics, wearable electronics, brain computer interface, advanced displays, near field communication, and next generation data storage or memory. Keywords: Polycrystalline silicon, consumer electronics, thin film transistor, display modules, liquid crystal displays Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Sputtering Deposition Techniques Help Increase Coating Efficiency http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D749-00-46-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D749-00-46-00-00 Sputtering is a deposition process in which ionized gas molecule is used to displace atoms of a specific material (which is called the target) and is then deposited on to a substrate in a high energy environment. The target material forms a very strong bond at the atomic level to the substrate and can help create long lasting, durable substrates. This deposition technique is used across industries with high impact applications being semiconductor, electronics, medical, solar, and telecommunications. The Advanced Coating & Surface Technology TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications and strategic insights on various coatings across industries. This encompasses protective and functional coatings such as antimicrobial coatings, food coatings, energy-saving coatings, smart glazing, hydrophilic, hydrophobic and super hydrophobic coatings, corrosion protection coatings, barrier coatings and paints. The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research & innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thin films, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: Sputtering, coating method, physical vapor deposition Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Ceramic Nanocomposites as a High Performance Alternative for Traditional Ceramic Materials http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D787-00-3B-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D787-00-3B-00-00 Development of new ceramic nanocomposites is gaining importance due to a sustained end application requirements for high performance and durable composites. Growing demand for ceramic nanocomposites is mainly driven by the needs from automotive, aerospace, construction, and energy industries have spurred research and developmental efforts across the globe. Carbon nanotube (CNT)-based ceramic nanocomposites are of key research focus due to the significant capabilities of CNTs to improve the mechanical and electrical parameters of versatile materials. While the market for these materials is witnessing an upward trajectory, many innovations are still not widely adopted due to scalability issues and need for effective large scale manufacturing processes and the material adoption is still restricted to niche applications. The Nanotech TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications, and strategic insights on nanotechnology-related innovations and their impact across various industries. Technology focus areas include nanomaterials, nanocoatings, nanohealthcare, nanomedicine, and nanomanufacturing. The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research & innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thin films, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: Ceramic nanocomposites, carbon nanotubes, zirconia nanocrystals, conductive magnetic nanocomposite, nanocomposite cathode Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Research Advances in Superconducting Nanomaterials http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D787-00-3A-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D787-00-3A-00-00 Superconductivity is a unique property that allows electrons flow to without resistance beyond a specific temperature due to the increases in motion of paired electrons. . At present the temperature of superconductors is about half way to absolute zero. This makes it difficult to scale the superconducting nanomaterials on a large scale. Therefore, research is focused on raising the superconducting temperature to room temperature. Once this is achieved, the materials can have immense potential in applications such as electronics, computing, and energy storage. The Nanotech TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications, and strategic insights on nanotechnology-related innovations and their impact across various industries. Technology focus areas include nanomaterials, nanocoatings, nanohealthcare, nanomedicine, and nanomanufacturing. The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research & innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thin films, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: Superconductors, nanowires, magnetic properties, photon detectors Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Applications of Polyurethane-based Coatings http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D749-00-45-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D749-00-45-00-00 Polyurethane (PU) coatings are widely used across all industries as they have the ability to impart properties such as high durability, toughness, high gloss, and so on. These coatings contain PU resins that are usually formed by the reaction of a polyalcohol with an organic di-isocyanate. However, solvent-based polyurethane coatings are harmful for the environment as they release toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs). For this reason, water-based polyurethane as well as 100% solids polyurethane coatings are being developed. Stakeholders are also trying to eliminate the use of isocyanates in the production process without sacrificing the key properties of polyurethane coatings. The Advanced Coating & Surface Technology TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications and strategic insights on various coatings across industries. This encompasses protective and functional coatings such as antimicrobial coatings, food coatings, energy-saving coatings, smart glazing, hydrophilic, hydrophobic and super hydrophobic coatings, corrosion protection coatings, barrier coatings and paints. The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research & innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thin films, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: Polyurethane, coatings, water, solvent, isocyanate, alcohol Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Plastics and Composites for the Healthcare Industry http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D825-00-10-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D825-00-10-00-00 Plastics are used widely in the healthcare industry, from packaging and components to the devices. Key attributes such as better barrier properties for packaging, environmental protection, cost savings, radiation stability, fewer infections, transparency, biocompatibility, increased comfort and safety are driving the growth of plastics in this industry. Plastic resins are established as a vital component in an extensive range of medical designs, facilitating the development of next generation of implants, single-use devices, packaging technology, and many others. Plastics Advisor TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications, and strategic insights of various plastics and composites and also analyses their impact across various industries. The Materials and Coatings cluster tracks research and innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thinfilms, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers, and several other related technologies and their impact and applications across industries. The Health & Wellness cluster tracks developments in a myriad of areas including genetic engineering, regenerative medicine, drug discovery and development, nanomedicine, nutrition, cosmetic procedures, pain and disease management and therapies, drug delivery, personalized medicine, and smart healthcare. Keywords: Plastic, polymers, medical, healthcare, medicine, pharmaceutical, medical devices, implants, 3D printers, packaging, thermoplastic, silicon, polydimethylsiloxane, polypropylene, polylactic-co-glycolic acid, polystyrene, copolyester, polyvinyl chloride Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Nanoscale Explosives and Narcotics Trace Detection in Homeland Security http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D787-00-39-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D787-00-39-00-00 Due to threats of terrorist attacks around the world in recent times, the demand for homeland security technologies is growing at a rapid pace. Airport security--that includes explosives and narcotics trace detection (ETD)--is a key aspect of homeland security; developing technologies and products that can mitigate the risk has been a key focus of R&D efforts, especially in the US and Western Europe. It is expected that nanotechnology will increasingly impact ETD by improving the sensing capabilities and portability of explosives and narcotics detectors. This Nanotech TOE highlights recent improvements and innovations in nanoscale explosives and narcotics trace detection technologies in homeland security. The Nanotech TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications, and strategic insights on nanotechnology-related innovations and their impact across various industries. Technology focus areas include nanomaterials, nanocoatings, nanohealthcare, nanomedicine, and nanomanufacturing. The need for low power, smaller, lighter sensors with enhanced performance attributes and minimal false alarms is driving innovations in the sensors space. The Sensors and Instrumentation cluster covers innovations pertaining to technologies such as wireless sensors and networks, energy harvesting, haptics and touch, MEMS and nanosensors, Terahertz, ubiquitous/smart sensors, CBRNE, quantified-self, sensor fusion, M2M communications, and drones. Keywords: Explosives detection, narcotics trace detection, nanotransistor, carbon nanotubes, plasmonic nanoresonator Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Trends and Opportunities for Chemicals and Materials http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D737-00-43-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D737-00-43-00-00 The chemicals and materials industries are driven by the demand for application specific and environmentally friendly products. Rapid growth in industrialization and evolving end-user requirements generate the need for a dynamic innovation ecosystem where government agencies, companies, and research institutes work together to provide novel chemicals and materials. Emerging opportunities in the chemicals and materials industries on which stakeholders are expected to focus on in the future include high performance materials, bio-based products, and the establishment of large-scale and cost effective manufacturing methods. The High-Tech Materials TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications, and strategic insights on various materials across industries. Some material technologies include lightweight materials, bio based materials, ceramics, smart materials, fibers, nanomaterials, responsive materials, polymers, woven and non woven materials, polymers and plastics and packaging materials. The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research and innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thinfilms, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers, and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: Advanced materials, biofuels, plastic additives, graphene, composites, bio-based chemicals Fri, 3 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Innovations in Water-borne Coatings http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D749-00-43-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D749-00-43-00-00 Waterborne coatings are extensively used in interior and exterior paints in various industries including construction, automotive, industrial wood, and marine. Strict government regulations for decreasing volatile organic compounds (VOC) emitted by solvent-based coatings are driving adoption of these coatings. Also, their high resistance to heat and abrasion, and capability to provide excellent adhesion to surfaces enhance their use across applications. The Advanced Coating & Surface Technology TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications and strategic insights on various coatings across industries. This encompasses protective and functional coatings such as antimicrobial coatings, food coatings, energy-saving coatings, smart glazing, hydrophilic, hydrophobic and super hydrophobic coatings, corrosion protection coatings, barrier coatings and paints. The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research & innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thin films, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: Water-borne coatings, low volatile organic compounds, refinish coating, water-based coating, corrosion resistance, self-cleaning Fri, 3 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Innovations in Eco-friendly Disinfectants http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D768-00-43-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D768-00-43-00-00 This issue of the Industrial Bioprocessing TOE features trends and innovations in producing eco-friendly disinfectants that are completely biodegradable, non-toxic, and non-hazardous. The TOE edition focuses on various technology innovations that are using natural resources to kill infectious pathogens. The TOE also provides information on use of renewable ingredients in the manufacturing of disinfectants that pose less danger to human health and ecology. Corresponding patents are also provided along with industry interactions. The Industrial Bioprocessing TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, processes and strategic insights of industries involving bioprocessing, including innovations in the development and production of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, alternative fuels, chemical feedstocks, food and beverages, and consumer products. The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research & innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thinfilms, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: Disinfectants, sanitizers, non-carcinogenic, antiviral, antibacterial Fri, 3 Feb 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Coating Technologies for Corrosion Protection http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D749-00-42-00-00 http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/sublib/display-report.do?id=D749-00-42-00-00 Anti-corrosion coatings provide protection of metal surfaces and act as effective barriers to inhibit the contact between the substrates and chemical and corrosive compounds. Most coatings available commercially also provide added protection such as abrasion resistance, anti-fouling and anti-stick properties. These coatings are being researched to provide enhanced functionality and improved performance of the substrates. The Advanced Coating & Surface Technology TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) provides intelligence on technologies, products, processes, applications and strategic insights on various coatings across industries. This encompasses protective and functional coatings such as antimicrobial coatings, food coatings, energy-saving coatings, smart glazing, hydrophilic, hydrophobic and super hydrophobic coatings, corrosion protection coatings, barrier coatings and paints. The Chemicals and Advanced Materials cluster tracks research & innovation trends and developments across specialty chemicals, plastics, polymers, chemicals, bio-chemicals, metals, coatings, thin films, surface treatments, composites, alloys, oil and gas, fuel additives, fibers and several other related technologies and its impact and application across industries. Keywords: Anti-corrosion, coating, corrosion protection, corroded surfaces Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000