November 10, 2017

The Evolving Opportunity for Smart Antimicrobials

Smart antimicrobials are a class of organic or inorganic materials that achieve antimicrobial functionality through mechanisms that might be considered to be “smart.”  We take this to mean that they exhibit an inherent stimulus-response mechanism that acts in manner that is appropriate and proportional to the microbial threat.  Smart anti-microbials are of many kinds, but.....

March 29, 2017

New Trends in Self-Healing Materials

The core value proposition of self-healing materials needs no extensive justification. Any material that can heal its own cracks has obvious advantages that can be quickly turned into revenue generation. These advantages are potentially both practical and aesthetic and they are also of widespread applicability across many industries and sectors.Nonetheless, for the analyst looking for.....

January 24, 2017

Building Integrated Photovoltaics, Moving to the Mainstream

n-tech Research has witnessed the progression of BIPV technologies, products and suppliers in the BIPV market over the past eight years. BIPV (building-integrated photovoltaics) now needs to be sold with an emphasis on aesthetics and its multi-functionality aspect. The assumption behind our latest report is that BIPV is evolving to blend function and form, alongside.....

October 12, 2016

Smart Windows, From Electrochromism to Maturity?

n-tech Research has been providing coverage of the smart windows market for almost a decade and has produced detailed studies of this market and related businesses including the smart windows materials markets, smart mirrors and smart auto glass. As with all n-tech reports this report presents our analysis of the latest developments in the smart.....

October 11, 2016

New (and old) Applications for Silver Inks

Silver inks, pastes and coatings have been in use for decades in a variety of electronics applications. Silver is valued for its high conductivity, stability, and compatibility with screen printing and other printing methods. Despite its high cost compared to alternative materials, it will continue to be used in applications that need conductive circuitry or.....

September 06, 2016

Smart Coatings Markets Emerge

Coatings products are quickly commoditized and as a result manufacturers are always in search of that next big thing; novel coatings offering (1) high gross margins and (2) strong intellectual property protection. Smart coatings appear to offer all this and are therefore one place that coatings makers tend to look for new products. In fact,.....

June 15, 2016

New Hopes for Organic Photovoltaics

Outside of the mainstream silicon and thin-film based solar PV offerings, a group of alternative solar PV technologies have long captivated researchers’ interest. Among them is OPV which, although it trails more mainstream technologies in raw power conversion efficiency offers some other intriguing capabilities that envision success in some significant market opportunities: from building-integrated systems.....

May 17, 2016

New and Future Markets for Thin-Film Batteries-Excerpt

Over the past decade, the thin-film battery business has been little more than a niche at best and many “sure thing” applications for these batteries have led nowhere commercially. Specialist thin film battery firms have quietly disappeared as the whole sector has begun to look more and more like the usual story of an interesting.....

April 21, 2016

Shape Memory Polymer Markets

Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are a type of polymeric material that can be deformed, retain this deformation, but then revert to the original shape/configuration upon triggering by an external stimulus. Typically, this external stimulus is heat, but several classes of stimuli are associated with SMPs. Thus SMPs can be categorized into light-responsive SMPs, chemical-responsive SMPs,.....

February 12, 2016

Smart Structures in Aerospace and Aviation

The following is taken from the n-tech Research Report, “Smart Structures in Aerospace: Market Opportunities: 2016-2025”  Introduction Executives in the aerospace and defense sector are expecting 2016 to be a good year with around 3% revenue growth.  While this is hardly suggests a boom, it is much better than we have seen in this industry.....

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