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July 2020

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July 15, 2020

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Editor’s Note

Waste Not, Want Not

— Prof. Long Lin

I closed my editorial for the May issue by hoping that my editorial for the July issue would be much more upbeat. Indeed, the last couple of months have seen lifting of lockdown (due to COVID-19) spreading through many countries, as a result of significant reductions in the number of daily new cases of infection. On the other hand, I am afraid that I have no cause to feel exuberant, as it would seem to me that the world looks set to enter an economic recession.

 

Market Insight

Green Chemistry in a Post-COVID Era: The Collision of Economic Forces

— George R. Pilcher, The ChemQuest Group, Inc., USA

Much has been made of "green" (bio-sourced) chemistry for plastics, fuels, and paints and coatings, which are derived from starting components that are grown and harvested, such as corn, soybeans and perennial grasses, as opposed to fossil materials that are produced from petroleum, natural gas, shale oil, oil sands, bitumen, coal, etc. This makes eminently good sense, because fossil-derived—and especially petroleum-based—chemistries will eventually require alternatives, because untapped oil reserves are finite, whereas crops are renewable.

 

Insider View

The Coatings Industry in the Post-COVID Era: Recoveries in Trade and Domestic Consumption are Ways Out

— Sally Yick, Managing Editor, China Coatings Journal

Some major countries are having their economic recovery in the post-COVID era. In mid-March, the spread of domestically transmitted cases has been basically contained and the outbreak has been controlled in China. The nation's economy was gradually resumed in a smooth and orderly manner. The number of infections in Europe and the United States peaked in April, and most countries in these regions started easing pandemic lockdown between early May and early June. South America has now become an epicenter of the pandemic, and cases continue to rise in emerging market economies such as Brasil, Russia, and India. Some countries need to restart economic activities amid the normalisation of epidemic prevention.

 

Sustainable Solutions

Maximum Sustainability: A New Approach in Paint Recycling

— Huzaifa Matawala, Paint Recyclist, Regent Paints Inc. , USA

We have undoubtedly entered into an era of abundance. We have not only extended our lifespans but also enriched ourselves with unlimited accessories. All too often, such comfort is achieved by the exploitation of resources. In this article, we will address the need for a sustainable culture within the paint and coating industry that redirects waste and unused items back into the manufacturing and production cycles. We will focus on the importance of contemplating waste creation in different stages of paint manufacturing and disposal and methods of putting discarded paint waste to use in the development of new products instead of in landfills and through burial.

 

Antifouling Coatings

Development of Antifouling Surface Coatings: State-of-the-Art Approaches for Materials Development and Biological Testing

— Dan Yang, Paul J. Molino and Michael J. Higgins, ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Australian Steel Manufacturing, Wollongong, NSW, Australia; ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, AIIM Facility, Innovation Campus, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Biological fouling of artificial surfaces occurs through the adhesion and colonisation by microbial and macrofouling organisms. These processes are an enormous problem for many diverse industries, resulting in substantial social and economic impacts. At the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI), Australian Institute of Innovative Materials (AIIM) Facility at the University of Wollongong in Australia, researchers have extensive capabilities, expertise and undertaking research activities to address issues arisen from biofouling; from the understanding of the interactions between microbial cell and material surfaces, to the development of materials and coatings for preventing biofouling on various surfaces. Here, activities at IPRI in the biological characterisation, materials and coatings development spaces are reviewed.

 

Adhesives

Study on Waterborne Thermal Transfer Adhesives for Laser Holographic Hot Stamping

— Jianqing Hu, Wensen Luo, Zhimin Zhang, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, P.R. China; Xingjun Lv, Changqi Yan, Fei Sun, Jun Jiang, Guangdong Banggu Chemical Technology Company, Guangdong, Shaoguan, P.R. China

Phenalkamides are a novel class of curing agents for two-component, ambient cure epoxy coatings and adhesives. Phenalkamides combine performance characteristics of polyamides and phenalkamines in one curing agent while enabling cost effective, lower Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) coatings formulations.

 

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