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A World First from Evonik: Modular Sol-Gel System for Coating Metals

Published on 2007-11-21. Author : SpecialChem

Whenever conventional coating systems containing standard organic binders reach the limits of their capabilities, sol-gel systems are used. Up to now, these have had the disadvantage of being technically difficult to handle. But things are about to change, thanks to the specialists of Evonik's Aerosil & Silanes Business Unit. Just in time for the CHINACOAT, the Evonik's Chemicals Business Area, previously known by the name Degussa, is presenting a novel, flexibly designed sol-gel system. The modular system consists of various water-based sol-gel components comprising a water-based binder and other water-based additives. For the first time ever, formulators and developers of coating systems are being offered a simple method for producing sol-gel coatings with specific properties and good storage stability- thanks to Evonik's new SIVO® SOL technology.

Both hard and flexible

SIVO® SOL technology is a novel, modularly organized, water-based sol-gel system that is particularly suitable for metal pretreatment and metal coating applications. The additives have been specially designed for compatibility with the new sol-gel binder Dynasylan® SIVO 110. The modular concept allows an unusually high degree of flexibility in the formulation of water-based scratch- and abrasion-resistant sol-gel coatings, which can also be given anticorrosive or easy-to-clean properties if required. In addition to Dynasylan® SIVO 110, the new sol-gel system consists of three additives: the neutralizing agent SIVO 111, the anti-fingerprint and oleophobizing additive SIVO 112, and the hydrophobizing additive SIVO 113 for improved weathering stability. The main applications center on metal coatings as used in metal pretreatment, corrosion-protection primers, and anti-fingerprint finishes. The additives are mixed into the base component in various concentrations, depending on the field of application, to achieve the required properties in the coating. The coating films obtained are hard and resistant to abrasion as well as to chemicals and solvents, yet possess surprising flexibility. SIVO® SOL technology is particularly suitable for aluminum, steel, galvanized steel, and other pretreated metal surfaces. The system is usually applied to the substrate by spraying or dipping. It significantly improves the corrosion properties of metal surfaces.

Other possible applications

SIVO® SOL technology can be used for topcoats on metals, glass, and ceramic materials. It is also suitable for the manufacture of easy-to-clean and anti-graffiti surfaces. Inorganic silane-based coatings are significantly harder than traditional organic binders. They also react chemically with the metal surface and have the ability to improve adhesion of further coating films. Acting as barriers to water and salts, they inhibit corrosion and generally show outstanding weathering resistance. However, systems of this type have so far suffered from the disadvantage that the coatings could be obtained only via high-solvent formulations. With the new Dynasylan® SIVO class of products, Evonik has overcome this traditional drawback. SIVO® SOL technology is a water-based modular system for the formulation of inorganic sol-gel coating materials that are virtually solvent-free and are stable in storage.

Evonik's booth at the CHINACOAT (held between November 21 and 23, 2007) is No. 2F03-08 in Hall E2. Dynasylan® experts will be available there to provide information on the advantages of the new products.

Additives A multitude of coatings contain additives in addition to pigments and binders. They play an important role in the development of high-quality coating systems.

TEGO® provides a broad range of additives for all types of liquid coatings and printing inks. AEROSIL® fumed silica is widely used to control the rheology of liquid paints and coatings. It prevents hardsettling in coating systems containing pigments, fillers or matting agents. Adding VESTOSINT® fine powders to coating formulations creates abrasion-resistant, highly elastic textured coatings. The particles act as impact absorbers and prevent the surface from cracking.

RESINS Binders constitute the single-most important ingredient in paint systems. Degussa's resins and complete binder systems make it the solution-provider for the coatings industry. Good weathering characteristics and suitability for a broad range of applications are what distinguish thermoplastic methacrylate resins (DEGALAN®) from chlorinated binders. Customers all over the world benefit from Degussa's leading position in polyester resins (DYNAPOL®) for both hard and flexible coil and can coatings. Specialty resins improve the intermediate adhesion and flow behavior of coatings on critical substrates.They also provide permanent corrosion protection. The silicone-based/silicone-hybrid binders (SILIKOPHEN®, SILIKOFTAL® and SILIKOPON®) constitute a class of their own. They provide resistance against heat, weather, corrosion, chemicals and UV.

About Evonik Industries

Evonik Industries is the creative industrial group which operates in three highly profitable, promising business areas: Chemicals, Energy and Real Estate. Evonik is a global leader in specialty chemicals, an expert in power generation from hard coal and renewable energies, and one of the largest private residential real estate companies in Germany. Our strengths are creativity, specialization, continuous self-renewal, and reliability. Evonik Industries is active in over 100 countries around the world. In fiscal 2006 around 43,000 employees generated sales of €14.8 billion and operating Profit (EBIT) of over €1.2 billion. Evonik plans to enter the capital markets in the first half of 2008.


In so far as forecasts or expectations are expressed in this press release and where our forward-looking statements concern the future, these forecasts, expectations and statements may involve known or unknown risks and uncertainties. Actual results or developments may vary, depending on changes in the operating environment. Evonik Industries AG assumes no obligation to update the forecasts, expectations or statements contained in this release.

Source: Aimee GAO
Aerosil & Silanes

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