Global bio-inspired and nano-engineered surfaces market size was estimated to exceed USD 900 million by 2022 and is anticipated to witness a significant growth from 2015 to 2022. Growing demand for advanced materials with increased resilience to chemical and physical impacts in construction and energy sectors is expected to drive product demand over the forecast period.
Nano-engineered surfaces are expected to enhance performance of various consumer products and industrial processes. Increasing reliance of self-cleaning glass products on photocatalytic coatings is expected to drive product demand over the forecast period. Other markets that have witnessed commercial development of this technology include aviation, biomedical, electronics, energy, textiles, automotive, and architectural materials.
Recent developments in plant leaves, gecko feet, and crustaceans research are expected to drive bio-inspired structures demand over the forecast period. Product innovations in developing micro/nano-textured materials are expected to gain large scale commercialization in aviation industry.
Research on liquid repelling structures such as lotus leaves has steered the development of nano textured slippery surfaces. Mobility of liquid droplets enhances the performance of heat exchangers and prevention of icing on aircraft wings. While conventional ones cause additional cost for droplet removal, slippery surfaces would enhance droplet mobility and collection.
Vapor removal in oil & gas refining is a costly setback for the petroleum industry. Pumping of emulsion to the top layer requires additional power supply and time during oil and water separation process. Fabrication of the thermoplastic membrane in addition to chemical treatments would help to control the membrane’s permeability and droplet mobility. Such separation efficiencies would enhance hydrophobicity of the membrane and instigate new research in other filtration and separation applications.
Increasing demand for metallic structures in construction and automotive sectors would be influenced by varying climatic conditions and increase impact of corrosion on metallic surfaces. Cost of corrosion is related to both manufacturing and maintenance of the equipment. This is expected to drive requirement of metal protective and encapsulation systems to provide sonochemically enhanced surfaces with increased durability.
Surging demand for wooden products is witnessed in furnishing, construction, and decorative materials can be attributed to its ecological and glossy appearance of wooden surfaces. Altering atmospheric conditions increases the susceptibility to biological degradation and affects its appearance. Sol-gel nano treatment on wood materials is expected to enhance the chemical and structural resilience of wood against moisture and abrasion impacts.
Medical device components interacting with medical devices require adherence with medical regulations and instigate development of efficient biocompatible materials. Bio-inspired surface patterns based on gecko’s adhesive system would offer extensive research space for residue-free adhesion and suture threads in biomedical applications.
Implantable medical devices play major role in critical medical operations and instill usage of soluble drugs that raises safety concerns among both consumers and medical practitioners. This need to minimize the drugs usage is expected to steer research on improvement of biomaterial surface coatings and enhance its application to include clinical medicines.
Various research centers and organizations have done extensive research on bio-inspired and nano-engineered surfaces. Various patents approval in the U.S., China, and Japan are expected to instill development of new fabrication technologies and commercialization of large scale projects in oil & gas and construction sectors.
Growing oil & gas industry coupled with growing demand of metals is expected to drive the market in the U.S. and other shale regions. Increasing urbanization and construction developments in Asia Pacific and Middle East regions is expected to drive bio-inspired surface demand owing to its enhanced chemical composition in metals and wooden products.
Various organizations have ventured in product innovation to extend the application ranges in space, aviation, optics, and textile sectors. Key industry players include BASF AG, Lotus Leaf Coatings, Entergris Inc., Nanopool GmbH, PolymerPlys LLC, Rolith Inc., Furukawa Kikou Corp. Ltd., and Magnolia Solar Inc.
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