Chicago-based Inventables, publisher of DesignAid, has selected
Diamon-Fusion hydrophobic nanotechnology for inclusion in its
quarterly publication, which covers unique materials and technologies
and their possible applications.
Diamon-Fusion, produced by Diamon-Fusion International Inc. (DFI),
is one of several marketed coatings that, once applied to silica-based
surfaces such as glass or ceramic, repels water. DFI nanocoating
forms a covalent bond with the surface to which it is applied,
giving it a duration of anywhere between three to 20 years, depending
on the application.
In addition to being both water- and oil-repellant, Diamon-Fusion
makes surfaces impact- and scratch-resistant, lends protection
against graffiti, sodium and calcium deposits, dirt and fingerprints,
and provides UV stability and additional electrical insulation.
"The DFI nanocoating presents some unique design possibilities
for silica-based materials like glass and ceramic," said
Osman Ozcanli, technology envisioner at Inventables. "Two
fascinating ideas were using the coating to create hidden messages
that appear when warm human breath or steam covers the glass,
and using it to create channels for water on smooth glass surfaces
invisible to the naked eye."