Easy Clean Coating Technology

Our patented easy clean coating treatments improve performance of virtually any product via easy-to-apply nanoscale treatments that can bond with a wide array of surfaces. Together we create winning easy to clean products!

Device with easy clean coating applied
Glasses with easy clean coating applied

Easy to Clean. Oil/Water Repellent. Long lasting performance.

Aculon® has a variety of surface modification technologies capable of functionalizing numerous substrate types to exhibit easy to clean behavior. Aculon’s® easy clean coatings and treatments are highly repellent to water, oil, solvent, grease, & adhesives/resins offering numerous performance benefits.  In addition these coatings are ultra thin (nanoscale), optically clear and quite durable. There are numerous performance advantages to having an easy clean surface on countless applications.

Does your product need an easy to clean coating?

Easy to clean surface modification technologies can be used to address a wide variety of problems. Some examples below where an easy to clean coating will help improve the performance of your surface.

  • You're experiencing problems due to liquid behavior on the surface of your product.
  • Cleaning your surface is time consuming, expensive, or impossible.
  • Fingerprints are unsightly and havea negative impact on the customer experience.
  • Fingerprints, oil, or other contaminants impede optical performance.
  • Surface contamination (fingerprints) degrades a products aesthetic behavior
  • Adhesive materials stick to surface

Real World Applications

Computer and industrial equipment utilizing surface modification coatings

Electronic Components

Countless electronics applications benefit from having an easy clean functionalized surface. A broad range of technologies at our disposal means we can tackle most any electronics surface challenge.
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Oil Equipment with repellent surface modification coatings

Oil & Gas

Numerous oil & gas applications benefit from easy clean functional treatments. Applications include treatment of optics, analytical equipment, & industrial equipment for anti fouling and reduced cleaning.
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Medical device catheter utilizing hydrophilic surface modification nanotechnology

Specialty

There are countless applications in numerous industries that can benefit from an easy to clean surface. Chances are if you have an application which can benefit from an easy to clean treatment, we have looked at it before and can help.
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How it Works

Surfaces

Aculon has a wide variety of technologies at our disposal meaning that we can treat nearly any surface or substrate. This includes, but is not limited to metals, polymers, semiconductors, ceramics, and glass. The type of substrate will impact the technology options which can be utilized in addition to cleaning or other processing steps that may be required. In general due to the presence of a surface oxide layer we find the highest likelihood of success with metals, ceramics, glass, and semiconductors.

Substrates suitable for surface modification - plastic, metal, glass, and circuit boards
Hydrophobic technology performance - water repellency example

Performance

Our easy clean technologies will yield a robust a long lasting easy to clean surface. Typical oil contact angles (measurement of surface energy) are in the 75°-85° range with water contact angles in the range of 110°-120°. These treatments are nanoscale, as thin as 2-4 nm thin leaving your part visually unchanged and optically clear. A self assembling process ensures a uniform and even treatment every time!

Technology

Aculon's core technology is based around the SAMP or "Self Assembled Monolayer of Phosphonates" which is comprised of a phosphonic acid and a repellent carbon based molecule which can impart a durable easy to clean surface on oxide containing substrates. Other oleophobic options in our suite of technologies for modifying surfaces to be easy to clean are organometallics, transition metal complexs & surface growth polymers.

Hydrophobic technology demonstration - 2-4 nanometer coating
Surface treatment and coating strength represented by chain.

Durability

Treatments are chemically robust with options that can withstand most any environment or exposure condition. Treatments are thermally stable (200°-300°C+) in ambient air. Due to strong covalent bonding they are also resistant to abrasion. We have a saying that the treatment is “as strong as the underlying substrate”. If your substrate will survive the environment undamaged, our coatings will too.

Application Process

Aculon easy clean treatments are robust and scalable for high volume commercial applications. Treatments are all applied via wet chemical processes, meaning no deposition equipment, chambers, or batch processing, ever! Application options include spray, wipe, dip, jet, or dispense.

Aculon hydrophobic coating application process - spray application onto smartphone

Why Easy Clean Treatments from Aculon?

We are surface modification experts who have developed and produced easy to clean surface chemistry technologies to modify a broad variety of surfaces, such as metal, glass, and polymers for nearly 20 years.

These treatments are all thin, easy to apply, safe, and non-toxic, with green options available. We have worked on thousands of easy to clean repellency applications, invested hundreds of thousand of hours solving easy clean surface related challenges. You are very likely reading this as you too have a challenge that can be solved by modifying your surface to be easy to clean. We will work directly with you on a customized easy to clean solution tailored to the unique needs of your product. Let us help you make your product better.

Aculon NanoCoating Research Laboratory

How can we help you?

Do you have a question for us, or a product that can benefit from an easy clean coating? Get in touch and let’s talk!

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