The Functional Film Blog sat down with members of DUNMORE’s product development and technical team. We asked questions related to the past, present, and future of film technology and how film materials have played a disruptive role. The following interview is with DUNMORE’s VP of Technology.
What trends in film technology and chemistries excites you about working on new projects?
From a new film technology perspective, advances being made in fluorinated films are exciting. Improvements are being made in the polymers and processing of these films, which gives you better clarity and other physical properties. These new characteristics are particularly important for greater utilization of materials such as ETFE films for the building and architectural market.
On the chemistry side, there is so much going on. I am seeing new trends in functional materials that are reactive with the environment or some outside stimulus. An example would be new smart coatings that can react and absorb CO2, and would give you an indication that the CO2 level is too high. There are also self cleaning materials out there now where the combination of sunlight and rain will clean you windows or other surfaces. There is a lot of opportunity for this type of functionality, which is based on nanoparticle materials.
Smart coatings can be used not only in building applications or interior applications, but also in medical applications. Smart coatings in conjunction with wearable sensors that can be connected wirelessly to the internet, can be given to a doctor for monitoring. If you have an event, you will be immediately sent to a hospital or a physician. The technology could also be used to automatically monitor blood sugar levels or other specific health monitoring applications. The possibilities with new coatings and films in these areas are limitless.