Nanotechnology deals with the study of molecular and atomic particles, a world that is measured in nanometers (billionths of a meter or 10-9) and is 1000 times smaller than the human eye can see.
Working at this nano scale, specifically designed molecular architectures and intelligent structures can be created. These supra (nano) molecules provide superior, performance-enhancing attributes such as stronger, smoother, longer lasting, more flexible, smarter and less expensive surface coatings.
Nanokote is a division of an Australian company Micronisers which, in conjunction with the CSIRO, has been developing nanotechnology for 15 years.
Nanokote is one the first of these new generation of products utilising nanotechnology. An example of chemical nanotechnology which is common to a number of our coating materials is the ability to enable surfaces with both a hydrophobic and oleophobic (water and oil hating) characteristic. This in turn results in a run-off effect with water and oil.
Run Off Effect
The hydrophobic function - the run off effect is the most popular application of ‘surface influencing’ Nanotechnology.
The hydrophobic function lets liquid just drip off a surface. For example, when treated with Nanokote, water simply runs off car windscreens and windows like balls of mercury.
Nanokote products with hydrophobic functions are available for many surfaces including glass, metal, wood, plastic, mineral undercoats, textiles and leather. The surfaces maintain their clear and clean appearance longer and allow superior glass visibility and presentation of other surfaces. The enhanced surfaces can also be effortlessly cleaned of tar, insects and oils with less (and more environmentally friendly) cleaning products.