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Coating Technology: Surface Chemical Functionalization for Developing Functional Hydrophobic Materials

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Overview

This newly developed chemical coating technology can transform a wide variety of natural or sustainable materials into versatile functional materials with excellent oil attraction and water repellency. These new functional materials can be applied in household grease cleaning, treatments for oil contamination, and remediation of marine oil spills, and as water-repellent materials such as water-repellent cement, wood, glass, and textiles.

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Commercialisation opportunities
technology licensing agreement
Problem addressed

The new coating technology is useful for the development of new oleophilic and water-repelling materials for effective treatment of oil wastes. It can also introduce water-resistance properties to wide variety of materials.

Innovation
  • The new photochemical coating technology can apply to a wide variety of synthetic and natural materials.
  • Development of new materials as selective oil absorbents
  • Introduction of water-resistance to existing materials
Key impact
  • Applicable to wide variety of natural and synthetic materials
  • This photochemical coating technology uses visible light and low-cost chemicals
Award
  • Silver Medal at Inventions Geneva Evaluation Days 2022
Application
  • a wide variety of natural and synthetic materials
City University of Hong Kong (CityU)

As one of the fastest growing universities in the world over the past decade, City University of Hong Kong (CityU) is recognised as a hub for innovation in research and professional education. CityU identifies solutions to critical global challenges by extending the frontiers of knowledge both within and beyond existing research paradigms.

The University’s highly qualified academics are drawn from all over the world, not only bringing a wealth of research and professional experience to the teaching programmes, but also contributing to the knowledge and technology advancement.

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