Sol-gel nanocoating is coating the materials with a layer of nanocomposites and structured materials with the use of the sol-gel process. Small molecules are produced from solid materials in the process of sol-gel. This method is used for the purpose of fabrication of metal oxides, in particular, silicon and titanium oxides.
Nowadays, the majority of manufacturers are opting for nanocoating technologies in order to enhance their current commercial products and add entirely new properties to the existing technology. To achieve this, various approaches are used to fro fabricating nanocoatings. Methods such as mechanical milling, vapor deposition, pulsed laser deposition, chemical reduction, and electrochemical deposition are used for the fabrication purpose. Of these processes, the sol-gel process is highly adopted one as it can be carried out in solution. It is a chemical way for coating substrate and thus can be used for a wide range of nanotechnological products including powders, aerogels, ultra-thin coatings, and fibers.
Properties of sol-gel nanocoatings such as hydrophobic surfaces, chemical resistance, anti-fingerprinting, oleophobic surfaces, easy-to-clean surfaces, extreme mechanical wear resistant properties, protective transparent coatings, corrosion resistance, anti-microbial surfaces, low friction, antistatic surfaces, conducting or semi-conducting surfaces, and UV protection, is the major growth factor of the global sol-gel nanocoatings market. New innovations and increasing research and development activities adopted by the manufacturers in order to meet the high demand from end-consumers are also anticipated to boost the growth of the global sol-gel nanocoating market.
On the basis of end-user, the global sol-gel nanocoating market is segmented as construction, energy and marine, aerospace, electronics, automotive, and others. The another segment is further sub-segmented as sanitary, oil and gas, and food manufacturing. Of these, the aerospace segment is the leading one in the global market.
North America is the leading player in the global sol-gel nanocoatings market. This trend is followed by Europe. In addition, the demand for sol-gel nanocoatings in Europe and North America is expected to witness slow growth in the near future. Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing market for sol-gel nanocoatings. Rising demand for sol-gel nanocoatings in the healthcare sector is one of the factors driving the demand for sol-gel nanocoatings in this region.
Some of the key players in the global sol-gel nanocoatings market are Eikos Inc., Buhler PARTEC GmbH, Inframat Corporation, Bio-Gate AG, and Cima NanoTech Inc.
Sol-Gel Nanocoatings Market: Regional Segment Analysis
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Latin America
- Middle East and Africa