Our Video Got Some Pub

So we made some headlines with our St. Patrick’s Day video. Electronics 360 picked it up on Friday and wrote a good piece on the capability of the NanoProof coatings.


Since then we had someone reach out asking if we could coat their phone so they could swim with it. That is a bit ambitious, and definitely not something we recommend. These coatings are designed to effectively waterproof against incidental contact with water. Our more robust coatings 7.0 and 8.0 provide waterproofing up to IPX7 level, which was basically demonstrated in the Guinness video. But the technology isn’t there yet for these devices to be 100% waterproof for their entire lifetime.

Our coatings don’t stop water from getting in the device. Our coating allows water into the device but protects the electrical components (the PCB). So my humble advice, although we can keep your phone alive for 30 minutes underwater or (underbeer), I would recommend just going ahead and taking it out immediately if you drop it in liquid.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

This morning, we released a video. I may or may not play a small role…

NanoProof 8.0 is typically used to waterproof – you know, against dropping in the pool or a toilet. But fear not, because we now have proof that your phone will be just fine if you drop it in a pitcher of beer as well! While the test doesn’t meet the strict requirements of IPX7 level waterproofing, we did submerge it for 30 minutes in the container of Guinness Extra Stout. For the life of me, I can’t figure out why you wouldn’t just take it out immediately if you dropped it in a pitcher, but I guess Guinness can do crazy things to your cognitive functioning! So we left it in there for 30 minutes to account for those times when you need to write a short novel before attempting to dry your phone. So here is NanoProof 8.0 in all of its glory.

Here is more info on our NanoProof waterproofing line: NanoProof Product Information

NanoProof: Our Alternative to Conformal Coating

Waterproofing electronics and PCBs has been on the minds of electronics manufacturers for years now. By now, everyone has probably seen Samsung’s popular commercial featuring Lil Wayne pouring champagne all over his cell phone (& dunking it in the fish tank) with no ill effects.

Conformal coatings and expensive parylene vacuum deposition equipment have always been the only solutions for making electronic devices impervious to liquids. The market was missing something, though. We wanted to develop a product that required no equipment and allowed easy rework throughout the PCB manufacturing process. It needed to be incredibly easy to apply and offer a range of waterproofing levels to meet unique project requirements.

Enter Aculon’s NanoProof. Continue reading NanoProof: Our Alternative to Conformal Coating

What is the difference between a hydrophobic and superhydrophobic coating?

Well it seems like we are fighting a losing battle…..

“Superhydrophobic” has become the common nomenclature to describe ANY surface which easily repels liquids. Sometimes it is used correctly. Most times, however, it is incorrect. A superhydrophobic coating is a coating that has a water contact angle of greater than 150 degrees and a sliding angle of less than 10 degrees.

Most of the coatings that we have found to functionalize surfaces most effectively are not superhydrophobic – Continue reading What is the difference between a hydrophobic and superhydrophobic coating?

Does the Surface Have to Be Clean Before Applying a Nanocoating?


Yes, the surface has to be absolutely clean for our coating to work effectively. That doesn’t mean visually free of dirt. It means free of any surface contaminants at all (even the ones you can’t see). If a customer comes back to us having purchased a hydrophobic or oleophobic coating from us and explains that our coating isn’t working, it usually means one thing: Continue reading Does the Surface Have to Be Clean Before Applying a Nanocoating?

Surface Preparation: What Does Clean Mean?

This is a question that has many different definitions (depending on who you ask), and therefore “levels” of cleanliness from visibly dirty all the way down to free of impurity at the atomic level. How much cleanliness is required depends heavily on the application; knowing what the right level is for surface coatings demands some intimate knowledge of the system being evaluated. Continue reading Surface Preparation: What Does Clean Mean?