Belgium-based low-pressure plasma technology company Europlasma presented a series of Nanofics nanocoating solutions at Filtech 2015 in Cologne, Germany, in February.
Nanofics refers to nanoscaled functionalization into the core of complex shaped materials and products, and is Europlasma’s patented and patent-pending nanocoating technology platform, first applied on an industrial scale in 1996.
The nanocoating solutions were demonstrated on both gas and liquid filtration media and included:
● Nanofics 10 coatings have very high affinity for water, resulting in water contact angles of lower than 10 degrees according to ASTM D5964. The Nanofics 10 coating is able to transform any filtration material—even PTFE—into a material with a permanently hydrophilic surface.
● Nanofics 120 coatings are a highly water repellent (water contact angle of 120 degrees) and highly oil repellent (oil repellency level 8 according to ISO 14419) fluoropolymer type of nanocoatings deposited by low-pressure plasma technology.
● Nanofics 110 coatings are highly water repellent (water contact angle of 110 degrees) and highly oil repellent (oil repellency level 6) fluoropolymer type of nanocoatings. The unique aspect of these coatings is that they are completely free from PFOA and PFOS.
● Europlasma has also developed a new family of water-repellent nanocoatings which are completely free from halogens. Europlasma just received funding from IWT, the Flemish government agency for Innovation by Science and Technology, to boost this development.