History is filled with coatings. It’s not clear why prehistoric painters covered their cave walls with animal images, but today we cover surfaces with paint and other coatings for both protection and decorations.
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are nanometer-scale tubular structures consisting entirely of carbon atoms. They represent a newly discovered elemental form of carbon and have remarkable properties in terms of mechanical strength, thermal conductance and electrical conductivity.
The global market for thin and ultrathin films was valued at nearly $9.3 billion in 2011 and is expected to increase to $14.9 billion in 2016, a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10%, according to “Global Markets, Technologies and Materials for Thin and Ultrathin Films,” a new report from BCC Research.