BASF Has Important Pieces of the Smart Antimicrobial Puzzle

BASF already has several antimicrobial polymer products in its HyGentic line which use integrated silver ions.  In addition, it has a presence in self-cleaning and self-healing coatings, and also has invested in SLIPS Technologies which is developing an “omniphobic” coating as a surface lubricant. The SLIPS investment suggests to us that BASF has a strong [...]

Revisiting Smart Windows

n-tech Research has been providing coverage of the smart windows market for more than a decade. Throughout the period of coverage, we have seen the market (like so many others) receive its fair share of hype and inevitable failure to achieve what was initially promised. The concept of smart windows began with window films and […]

Covid-19 Raises Demand for Smart Antibacterials and Smart Antivirals

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In our previous studies of smart antibacterial markets in this area we noted that consumers have been reluctant to buy smart antibacterials and (especially) smart antivirals because of their high price.  Even in hospitals the use of smart antibacterials has been limited to surfaces, such as surgical tools, where the benefits can be precisely calculated. […]

Micro-LED Displays vs LCD and OLED

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This posting examines the advantages of micro-LED displays technology vs established LCD and OLED solutions. Micro-LEDs are essentially LED light sources we use now for lighting purposes, but with dimensions less than 100 um. Shrinking LED die dimensions causes some bad consequences (harder to handle, efficiency drop due to larger ratio of sidewalls to lighting […]

MicroLED Presentation Slides

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On June 28th, Dr. Boris Kobrin gave a MicroLED presentation at the 2018 QLED & Advanced Display Summit at Hollywood. To download a copy of the slides, Please Click Here n-tech Research projects that the global microLED market will grow to over $10.7 billion in 2022  

Self Cleaning Technologies for Solar Panels

This white paper discusses self cleaning technologies for solar panels to reduce contamination and maintaining high levels of efficiency in all climate zones, and especially within hot and dust-intensive arid countries.  In the paper we review some existing self cleaning technologies for solar panels as well as emerging methods to solve the problem. 3 major […]

Bringing Smart Windows and IoT Together

Global Smart Windows Market

nano-0418-sample-smart-windows Smart Windows and IoT The “smart” in “smart windows” is changing from meaning just “self-dimming” to including higher levels of functionality, intelligence and the use of use of automation technology, or bringing smart windows and IoT together.  n-tech believes that the melding of smart windows and iot will allow smart window firms to capitalize […]

Self-healing Materials Trend #2: Performance in Sync with Applications Needs

Another meta-trend worth noting is that the performance of self-healing materials is getting better.  More specifically, what we are seeing is that self-healing materials are increasingly in sync with real world applications needs, although as n-tech sees things they still have way to go in this regard: The automotive sector already uses self-healing aftermarket coatings, […]

Self-Healing Materials Trends, Biomaterials and Biomimetics Growing in Importance

Several trends have emerged in the self-healing materials market since n-tech published its latest report on self-healing materials, “Markets for Self-healing Materials 2017-2024.”  We have identified three important self-healing materials trends, (1) the growing role of biomaterials and biomimetics in the design and creation of self-healing materials, (2) improving performance from commercial products and (3) […]

New Opportunities in Radiation Detection Equipment Materials Markets

Since n-tech Research published its previous report, our research indicates that new opportunities are appearing in both the radiation detection equipment market and the related materials market. New Opportunities in the Radiation Materials Market Sodium iodide (NaI) detectors continue to be dominant. Improvements on the NaI theme including such things as polycrystalline NaI(TI) structures. n-tech […]