NSERC launches research chair in coatings engineering
R&D of nano-structured coatings to potentially benefit a wide range of industries.
Montreal — Polytechnique Montréal, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and seven industry partners recently launched the NSERC Multisectorial Industrial Research Chair in Coatings and Surface Engineering (MIC-CSE).
Research at MIC-CSE will focus on developing a new generation of non-polluting manufacturing technologies for nano-structured coating materials. These processes make it possible to add successive layers of nanometre-thick films and thicker coating architectures using various materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, nanoparticles or others) on to flat surfaces as well as on three-dimensional objects.
In addition, application of these “molecular millefeuilles” aims to lend a range of functional characteristics to the surfaces, including anti-glare, anti-erosion, anti-fog, “smart” optical reflectivity or emissivity, luminescence and sterility, among other properties.
As Canada’s second-largest NSERC industrial research chair, the MIC-CSE will have a budget of $5.35 million over five years from NSERC ($2.6 million), and from $2.75 million seven partners including Essilor, Hydro-Québec, Guardian Industries Corp., Pratt & Whitney Canada, Velan, JDS Uniphase and the Canadian Space Agency.