SAMP Technology

Aculon’s proprietary “Self-Assembled Monolayer of Phosphonates” (SAMP) methodology can coat surfaces to impart hydrophobicity, adhesion or corrosion inhibition. A monolayer is a nanoscale coating that is one molecule, or 1-4 nanometers, thick (1nm = 1×10-9 meters). A phosphonate is a phosphorous acid that combines a reactive phosphonic acid or “reactive head group” and a carbon-based tail group connected through a stable phosphorous carbon bond (P-C). The reactive “heads” react with the surface through strong, stable metal phosphorous bonds, and the tails stick out from the surface and are chosen for their chemical functionality (hydrophobic, oleophobic, non-stick, adhesion promotion, etc.). Call us today at 858-350-9499 or click the request for information buttons below to learn more about Aculon’s SAMP treatments and coatings.

Benefits of SAMPS

SAMPs can coat metals, metal oxides, glass, ceramics, particles, semiconductors and even some polymer surfaces by drawing on their library of structurally tailored phosphonic acids. The SAMP is covalently bound to the substrate surface. This permanent chemical bond is highly stable under ambient conditions.

Organometallics

Aculon’s proprietary coatings also utilize Organometallics to prime or activate a surface. Broadly speaking, Organometallics are a class of chemical compounds containing a metal center and organic groups coordinated to the metal center. Aculon discovered a unique set of OMs that then react and insert into substrates, such as polymers and metals. The reaction of OMs with surfaces allows for tailoring with non-stick nanoscale repellent or pro-adhesion “nanoscale Velcro” coatings. Call us today at 858-350-9499 or click the request for information buttons below to learn more about Aculon’s Organometallic treatments and coatings.

OMs can coat metals, metal oxides, glass, ceramics, particles, semiconductors and polymer surfaces. The OM is covalently bound to the substrate surface. This permanent chemical bond is highly stable under ambient conditions, and serves as a chemical anchor for the attachment of other coatings.

Transition Metal Complexes(TMCs)

Aculon has developed a coating platform for a broad range of surfaces based on transition metal complexes. A TMC is a specialty organometallic with reactive metallic centers that are reactive to many surfaces, including plastics, and an organic complex that has been designed to give a surface non-stick repellent properties.

The coating can be conveniently applied by wiping on, spraying or ink-jet printing, through a felt-tip marker, dip-coating and using many existing industrial coating processes. TMCs can coat metals, metal oxides, glass, ceramics, particles, semiconductors and polymer surfaces. The TMCs are chemically bound to the substrate surface and can be designed to be a permanent or temporary coating.

Compatible Substrates

Aculon’s repellency, adhesion-promoting and particle treatments are commercially proven on a broad range of materials. Whether your substrate is a type of metal, glass, polymer, ceramic or semiconductor, there is likely an Aculon technology to treat your substrate. Click here to see a list of nearly all compatible substrates.

Processes

Aculon has formulated coating solutions and processes for numerous markets, including optical, display, electronics, consumer products and industrial coatings. These coatings can be classified into three functional areas:

How is the technology applied?

  • Solution based (either aqueous or solvent), *vacuum deposition can be used in some cases, if required.
  • Easy-to apply using existing industrial processes and by the consumer
    • Sprayed
    • Dipped
    • Ink-jet printing
    • Roll-coating/gravure rod
    • Stamping