The Global Market for Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials in the Automotive Industry
Automotive companies are using nanotechnology and nanomaterials to improve the performance of automobiles and to meet both consumer needs and regulatory requirements.
Nanomaterials are leading to enhancements in the structural, electrical, thermal, optical, magnetic and catalytic capabilities of technologies developed for the automotive industry and offer high performance, but environmentally friendly, alternatives to toxic and/or expensive materials.
Exploitation of nanomaterials covers an entire spectrum of applications from polishes, glass treatments and colour changing paint, nano-filled polymers and resins, and nanostructured ceramics and coatings, offering higher performance and/or additional functionality such as wear and erosion resistance, light-weighting, reduced friction, toughening, UV resistance, corrosion control and aesthetic enhancement, to batteries for electric vehicles and advanced electronics and sensors.
Applications of nanomaterials that have been identified for the automotive sector include:
Conductive polymer nanocomposites.
Li-Ion batteries for electric vehicles.
Fuel cell and supercapacitor electrode materials.
Thermal barrier coatings.
Wear resistant coatings.
ESD, EMI and RFI paints.
Anti-fingerprint display coatings.
Electrically conductive coatings.
Conductive fuel system components.
Automotive exterior claddings.
Olefin plastics for exterior parts.
Fire retardant materials.
The report covers the main nanotechnology and nanomaterials suppliers and application developers in the automotive industry.
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