Global bio-inspired and nano-engineered surfaces market size was estimated to exceed USD 900 million by 2022 and is anticipated to witness 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 the performance of various consumer products and industrial processes. The increasing reliance on 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 to demand over the forecast period. Product innovations in developing micro/nano-textured materials are expected to gain large scale commercialization in the aviation industry.
Research on liquid repelling structures such as lotus leaves has steered the development of nano textured slippery surfaces. The mobility of liquid droplets enhances the performance of heat exchangers and the prevention of icing on aircraft wings. While conventional ones cause the 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 an additional power supply and time during the 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 the hydrophobicity of the membrane and instigate new research in other filtration and separation applications.
Increasing demand for metallic structures in the construction and automotive sectors would be influenced by varying climatic conditions and increase the impact of corrosion on metallic surfaces. The cost of corrosion is related to both manufacturing and maintenance of the equipment. This is expected to drive the 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 to medical regulations and instigate the 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 a 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 the 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 the development of new fabrication technologies and commercialization of large scale projects in oil & gas and construction sectors.
The growing oil & gas industry coupled with the rising demand for metals is expected to drive the bio-inspired and nano-engineered surfaces market in the U.S. and other shale regions. Increasing urbanization and construction developments in Asia Pacific and Middle East regions are expected to drive bio-inspired surface demand owing to its enhanced chemical composition in metals and wooden products.
Various organizations have ventured into product innovation to extend the application ranges in space, aviation, optics, and textile sectors. Some of the key operating players in the bio-inspired and nano-engineered surfaces market are 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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