Surface Coating Technology Could Repel Ice, Graffiti & Contaminants

Published on: 2013/02/27 - in Featured Science & Tech

Queen’s University is developing a new technology that may result in a surface coating to repel water and oil based contaminants, ice, paint, and fingerprints.

Formulated by Chemistry researchers Guojun Liu and Dean Xiong, the coating could be used on a wide variety of surfaces including glass, metal, wood, ceramics, plastics and fibres.

The researchers and PARTEQ Innovations – the university’s technology transfer office created to commercialize Queen’s developed technologies – are working with Lorama Inc., a prominent manufacturer and supplier of unique additives to the paint and coatings industry, to develop the product for a range of uses that include anti-graffiti, anti-icing, and to resists fingerprint or other sources of surface smudging.

“Our discovery was inspired by the lotus leaf, which has given us a wonderful example of a self-cleaning system, designed by nature,” said Dr. Liu, a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Materials Science and an award-winning researcher, in a university release.

The collaboration between Lorama Inc. and Queen’s University is supported by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), which is investing another $200,000 in development funding in addition to the initial investment of $25,000. with an additional $200,000 in development funding.

According to its website, “PARTEQ Innovations was founded in 1987 by Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada to commercialize intellectual property (e.g. inventions) arising from university-generated research.

A not-for-profit organization, PARTEQ provides institutional researchers with the business, intellectual property, and financial expertise that is needed to advance their discoveries to the public, while returning the proceeds from those activities to researchers and their institutions.”


Photo source: Phillip Pessar (cc) – “Cleaning Graffiti Downtown Miami