Hydrophilic Coating Technology

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

Medical device catheter utilizing hydrophilic surface modification nanotechnology

Water Attracting. Water Wetting. Long Lasting Performance.

Aculon® has a variety of surface coating technologies capable of functionalizing numerous substrate types to be hydrophilic. Aculon’s® hydrophilic coatings and treatments are highly water attracting offering numerous performance benefits. In addition these hydrophilic coatings are ultra thin (nanoscale), optically clear and quite durable. There are numerous performance advantages to having a hydrophilic surface on countless applications.

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Does your product need a hydrophilic nano-coating?

Hydrophilic surface coating technologies can be used to address a wide variety of problems. Some examples below where a hydrophilic nano-coating will help improve the quality of your product. Reach out to us at +1-858-350-9499 or contact us here to see how we can help!

  • Functional Issue due to liquid behavior on surface
  • Surface contamination (fingerprints) degrades a products aesthetic behavior
  • Water droplets/contamination impede optical performance
  • Water droplets results in optical issues on lenses and camera domes
  • Surface is not lubricious enough
  • Wettability of a surface or powder is not ideal
  • Desire to prevent bubble formation underwater

Real World Applications

Countless electronics applications benefit from having a hydrophilic functionalized surface. A broad range of technologies at our disposal means we can tackle most any electronics related surface challenge.
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Numerous oil & gas applications benefit from hydrophilic functional treatments. Applications include treatment of optics, analytical equipment, & industrial parts for anti fouling and anti-fog performance.
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There are countless applications in numerous industries that can benefit from a hydrophilicic surface. Chances are if you have an application which can benefit from a hydrophilic treatment, we have looked at it before and can help.
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Aculon® surface modification technologies can be utilized for numerous medical applications, enabling unique performance, process simplification and excellent value across a broad range of medical surfaces and applications.
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How it Works


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
Hydrophilic technology performance in action

Hydrophilic Performance

Our hydrophilic nano-coating technologies will yield a robust and long lasting hydrophilic surface. Typical water contact angles (measurement of surface energy) are in the <10° range. These coatings are predominantly nanoscale, as thin as 2-4 nm in thickness leaving your part visually unchanged and optically clear. A self assembling process ensures a uniform and even surface coating every time!

Technology - Hydrophilic Coating Platforms

Aculon®'s core coating technology is based around the SAMP or "Self Assembled Monolayer of Phosphonates" which is comprised of a phosphonic acid and a functional tail molecule which can impart a variety of surface behaviors on oxide containing substrates. Other hydrophilic coating options in our suite of technologies for modifying surfaces to be hydrophilic are organometallic, transition metal complex, traditional polymeric coating, & surface growth polymer coatings.

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

Hydrophilic Surface Durability

Aculon®'s hydrophilic surface coatings are chemically robust with options that can withstand most any environment or exposure condition. These nano-coatings 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 hydrophilic treatment is “as strong as the underlying substrate”. If your substrate will survive the environment undamaged, our hydrophilic nano-coatings will too. We also have hydrophilic coating options which are more durable to abrasion than the underlying substrate!

Application Process - Hydrophilic Nano-Coatings

Aculon® hydrophilic surface nano-coatings are robust and scalable for high volume commercial applications. These coatings & 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 Hydrophilic Coatings from Aculon?

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

These nano-coatings  & treatments are all thin, easy to apply, safe, and non-toxic, with green options available. We have worked on thousands of hydrophilic coating applications, invested hundreds of thousand of hours solving hydrophilic 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 hydrophilic with a specialized nano-coating. We will work directly with you on a customized hydrophilic coating solution tailored to the unique needs of your product. Let us help you make your product better.

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Aculon NanoCoating Research Laboratory

Aculon Webinar Series

April 30, 2020

Hydrophilic Surface Modification

How Modifying Your Surface to Be Hydrophilic Can Have Significant Impacts on Improving Your Product or Process

Hosted by C.E.O Edward Hughes and Senior Business Development and Product Manager Mario Gattuso

Hydrophilic Coating Substrate Compatibility

Aculon® hydrophilic Coatings can be used on a broad range of materials, including those listed below. If you do not see your particular substrate listed, it’s still a good bet we can treat it. Contact us to discuss your situation.

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

Hydrophilic Coating Frequently Asked Questions

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