Dow Corning to Present Advances in Anti-Fingerprint Coatings at the European Coatings Congress

Dow Corning Corporation, an innovative leader in the development of fluorosilicone technology for coatings and other industries, will present Advances in Anti-Fingerprint Coatings at the European Coatings Congress at 5 p.m., March 30.

The presentation, based on work by Dow Corning and Daikin Industries, Ltd., will focus on recent advances in the hybridization of perfluoropolyether polymers modified with organofunctional silanes. During their research, Dow Corning and Daikin found creating an anti-fouling surface has many advantages, including a reduced need for cleaning, better aesthetics, and improved safety.

“This advanced coating technology can be used on many common substrates such as glass, metal, and common plastics,” said Steven R. Block of Dow Corning’s Fluorine Business Program. “This high-performing material achieves sustainability through cost-effectiveness for its intended applications. Its extended service life adds to its uniqueness over competing technologies.”

Advances in Anti-Fingerprint Coatings is from a report jointly developed by contributors from Dow Corning and Daikin Industries. Block will present findings, including how the hydrophobic and oleophobic properties obtained with polymeric coatings containing fluorine and silicon offer good roll-off properties and very high water and oil contact angles. He will also discuss the weather resistance and durability that are achieved by including alkoxy silane-reactive components in the patented polymer composition.

The European Coatings Congress will take place in conjunction with the European Coatings Show from March 30-April 2, 2009, in Nuremberg, Germany. The event showcases the industry’s high-grade coatings, paints, sealants, construction chemicals, and adhesives.

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