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Pristine Project

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Targeting new advanced functionalised silica nanomaterials integration into coating formulations.

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The PRISTINE project was to develop a permanent, lower surface energy coating that will be more effective at resisting graffiti application and easier to clean with superior lifetime performance.

PRISTINE brought together UK experts from all aspects of the fabrication and development supply chain to provide a pipeline to deliver and test a super-repellent coating in a real-life environment.

EpiValence was tasked with providing expertise in the synthesis and scale-up of the nanoparticles and their functionalisation and inclusion in coating matrices. The inclusion of hydrophobic and oleophobic properties in the same coating ensured total protection. Initially, the target application is across the rail network to protect train engines and rolling stock but this technology platform has now been rolled out across other areas where graffiti issues are prevalent. The “Super durable paint-repellent coating for long life anti-graffiti protection” Project (PRISTINE) has received funding from Innovate UK Smart grants programme.

silica nanomaterials