Particle Modification Treatments

Our patented particle modification coating treatments improve performance of virtually any particle or powder via easy-to-apply functional treatments.  Together we can improve the behavior of your specialty particle & powder products!

Particle Modification Coatings & Treatments
Powder functionalized with high performance surface treatment

Improved Particle Behavior. Eliminate Agglomeration. Crosslinking Optimized.

Aculon® has a variety of surface modification technologies capable of functionalizing numerous types of powders and particles to have altered performance. Aculon’s® particle modification coatings and treatments offer numerous performance benefits. In addition these coatings are ultra thin (nanoscale) and extremely easy to apply and process.

Would your powder or particle benefit from surface modification?

Aculon's particle modification technologies can be used to address a wide variety of problems. Some examples below where modifying the surface of your powder or particle will help improve the quality of your product.

  • Wetting of particles or powders is too high, desire to reduce wettability
  • Wettability of Particles or powders is too low, desire to increase wettability
  • Functional issues due to clumping or agglomeration of particles in mixtures and formulation
  • Particles used in polymeric applications lack desired level of crosslinking
  • Desire to modify porous network surface behavior

Real World Applications

Modify particle behavior

Electronic Components

Countless electronics applications utilize particles and powders in various applications which can benefit from having a functionalized surface. A broad range of technologies at our disposal means we can tackle most any electronics related powder modification  challenge.
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Oil Equipment utilizing Aculon technology

Oil & Gas

Numerous oil & gas applications utilize particles which can benefit from surface functionalization treatments.
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change particle behavior at molecular level

Specialty

There are countless applications in numerous industries that can benefit from a particles or powders which have been functionalized to have improved performance. Chances are if you have an application which utilizes particles or powders 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
Particle Performance

Performance

Our particle modification are capable of functionalizing the behavior of particles have drastically altered behavior. Treatment options include hydrophobic, oleophobic, or hydrophilic functionalities. These treatments are predominantly nanoscale, as thin as 2-4 nm in thickness leaving your material visually unchanged.  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 functional tail molecule which can impart a variety of surface behaviors on oxide containing substrates. Other options in our suite of technologies for modifying surfaces to be hydrophilic are organometallics, transition metal complexs, traditional polymeric coatings, & surface growth polymers.

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

Durability

Treatment options are chemically robust with options that can withstand most any environment or exposure condition. Treatments are thermally stable (200°-300°C+) in ambient air. Stable treatments will survive most organic and aqueous process solvents.

Application Process

Aculon particle modification 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 for particles or powders are typically done via immersion blending, flow coating, dip application, spray application, or milling application.

Aculon hydrophobic coating application process - spray application onto smartphone

Why Particle Modification Treatments from Aculon?

We are surface modification experts who have developed and produced particle and powder treatment 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 particle applications, invested hundreds of thousand of hours solving particle functionalization related challenges. You are very likely reading this as you too have a challenge that can be solved by modifying the behaviors of your particles. We will work directly with you on a customized particle treatment solution tailored to the unique needs of your product. Let us help you make your product better.

Aculon NanoCoating Research Laboratory

Aculon Webinar Series

June 4, 2020

Particle Modification

Improve Particle Behavior in Numerous Applications

Hosted by C.E.O Edward Hughes, Company President Eric Bruner 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 particle modification coating? Get in touch and let’s talk!

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