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Protein-Cyanoacrylate Nanoparticles that Improve Wetting Properties of Materials

Nanoparticles formed of a protein-poly (alkyl-cyanoacrylate) or protein-poly (alkenyl-cyanoacrylate) copolymer used as a surface treatment to alter the wetting properties of a variety of different materials.
The nanoparticles are generated using a mild chemical reaction and proteins derived from agricultural sources. These new materials change the wetting properties of hydrophobic surfaces by adsorbing to the surface and rending them hydrophilic.

Benefits
• When the nanoparticles are used as a coating material for transparent materials such as glass and transparent plastics, the surface wetting characteristics are modified without affecting the transparency
• When the aqueous suspension of the developed nanoparticle is sprayed on the surface of target material, the nanoparticle adsorbs in a matter of seconds

Applications
• As a surface treatment to alter wetting properties of a variety of materials such as glass panels and acrylic sheets
• Could be used for improving visibility of windshields, mirrors and goggles
• This surface-modifying property can also be used on stainless steel, porcelain and polymer films made of non-transparent plastics
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Internal Laboratory Ref #: 
131.11
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