Hydrophobic Coating Technology

Our patented hydrophobic and superhydrophobic 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 hydrophobic products!

Water beading and repelled by hydrophobic surface treatment

Water repellent. Easy to clean.
Long lasting performance.

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

Does your product need a hydrophobic coating?

Hydrophobic surface modification technologies can be used to address a wide variety of problems. Some examples below where a hydrophobic coating will help improve the quality of your product.

  • You're experiencing problems due to liquid behavior on the surface of your product.
  • Cleaning your surface is time consuming, expensive, or impossible.
  • Physical barrier to prevent liquid flow is not possible
  • Adhesive materials stick to surface
  • Water or oil droplets/contamination impede optical performance.
  • Exposure to water results in electronics failure.
  • Wettability of a surface or powder is not ideal

Real World Applications

Electronics utilizing surface modification treatments

Electronic Components

Countless electronics applications benefit from having a hydrophobic functionalized surfaces. A broad range of technologies at our disposal means we can tackle most any electronics repellency challenge.
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Oil Equipment utilizing Aculon technology

Oil & Gas

Numerous oil & gas applications benefit from hydrophobic functional treatments. Applications include down well treatments for enhanced oil recovery and treatment of industrial equipment for anti fouling and reduced cleaning.
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Optics which are impacted by fingerprints and smudges

Specialty

There are countless applications in numerous industries that can benefit from a hydrophobic surface. Chances are if you have an application which can benefit from a hydrophobic 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 hydrophobic technologies will yield a robust a long lasting hydrophobic surface. Typical water contact angles (measurement of surface energy) are in the 115°-120° range which is nearly super hydrophobic. 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 hydrophobic surface on oxide containing substrates. Other hydrophobic options in our suite of technologies for modifying surfaces to be hydrophobic 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 hydrophobic 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 Hydrophobic Treatments from Aculon?

We are surface modification experts who have developed and produced hydrophobic 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 hydrophobic applications, invested hundreds of thousand of hours solving hydrophobic 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 hydrophobic. We will work directly with you on a customized hydrophobic solution tailored to the unique needs of your product. Let us help you make your product better.

Aculon NanoCoating Research Laboratory
water droplet wetting out on untreated aluminum.
Water beading on aluminum hydrophobic modified surface.

Proven Real-World Performance

A company came to us with an application requiring functionalization of Alumina & Aluminum tubes to be repellent to water and other liquids while also surviving 120°C of heat during use. Aculon evaluate the provided parts & successfully functionalizd them with a very repellent and durable hydrophobic treatment.

Aculon Webinar Series

April 30, 2020

Hydrophobic Surface Modification

How Modifying Your Surface to Be Hydrophobic 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

How can we help you?

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

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