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Scientists demonstrate potential of a quick, sensitive test for durability of paints
Brookhaven scientists and collaborators present findings that could lead to the development of a way to test paint durability before the brushes even get wet. (2000-03-21)

University of the Basque Country research on deterioration of ships' paint
The most common method used for the protection of metals from corrosion is by painting. The use of paints and coatings for avoiding metallic corrosion is age old. These paints tend to deteriorate under certain conditions. Moreover, in the natural deterioration of a coating of paint, there exist multiple causes that make the system deteriorate prematurely. (2010-01-12)

More effective and less risky when you paint the hull of your boat
Every boat owner recognizes the dilemma: environmentally friendly or effective. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have now found a way of reconciling these two almost unattainable aims. By using smart combinations of the most environmentally friendly biocides in the paint, it is possible to both reduce the total quantity of biocides and dramatically reduce the environmental impact. (2011-05-09)

Shark skin for airplanes, ships and wind energy plants
To lower the fuel consumption of airplanes and ships, it is necessary to reduce their flow resistance, or drag. An innovative paint system makes this possible. This not only lowers costs, it also reduces CO2 emissions. (2010-05-20)

Scientists show there's nothing boring about watching paint dry
It turns out that watching paint dry might not be as boring as the old adage claims. A team led by Yale University researchers has come up with a new technique to study the mechanics of coatings as they dry and peel, and has discovered that the process is far from mundane. (2010-08-10)

Engineers develop process to recycle unused paint by blending it into common plastics
Engineers at Rutgers University have developed a process to recycle waste latex paint -- the largest component of household hazardous waste -- by blending it with common plastics. In laboratory samples, these paint-blended plastics were as good as, and in some cases, superior to the same plastics made without paint. To advance this promising technology toward commercialization, Rutgers signed a licensing agreement with Re-Manufacturing Technologies Inc., a new spinoff of the National Council on Paint Disposition Inc. (2007-03-20)

University of Southern Mississippi to ship first batch of Pentagon paint
A new environmentally friendly paint has been formulated in the Thames Polymer Science Research Center at The University of Southern Mississippi. The Pentagon has selected this paint to use in renovating and rebuilding becasue of its environmental and other qualities. (2002-02-19)

Physics: DNA-PAINT super-resolution microscopy at speed
Optimized DNA sequences allow for 10-times faster image acquisition in DNA-PAINT. (2019-10-11)

Brighten up! Paint study could save states millions
A new study from North Carolina State University shows that painted road markings, such as the lines separating traffic lanes, are significantly better at reflecting headlights in the direction that the paint was applied. This finding will help determine how states comply with new federal safety regulations and save big money on painting their roadways. (2009-03-10)

Green pigment in old masters a myth
Old masters never used the green pigment copper resinate supposed to be present in their paintings. Dutch art historian Margriet van Eikema Hommes reached this conclusion on the basis of old paint recipes, investigations of paintings and experiments to reproduce the green paint. The scientist recently published her results in a richly-illustrated book. (2005-03-16)

Smart paint could revolutionize structural safety
An innovative low-cost smart paint that can detect microscopic faults in wind turbines, mines and bridges before structural damage occurs is being developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. (2012-01-30)

Pictures hardly subject to leaching during cleaning
If picture restorers are careful when using solvents, very few organic molecules are likely to be leached away from the paint layer. Serious leaching does however occur when paint samples are immersed in solvents. (2001-05-29)

Shooting a painting reveals its pigments
Dutch scientists have developed a new method for studying organic pigments in the paintings of old masters. Firing a laser at microscopic paint samples releases very small quantities of paint, which can be used for a surface analysis. It is even possible to identify a pigment in a layer just one hundredth of a millimetre thick. This is a significant advantage in conservation studies of priceless paintings. (2003-12-19)

Gold nanoparticles enrich everyday products
A new technique for dispersing nanoparticles through polymers opens a world of new properties for diverse products. (2010-05-04)

Notre Dame researchers develop paint-on solar cells
A team of researchers at the University of Notre Dame have created an inexpensive (2011-12-21)

Paint Changes Color To Reveal Corrosion On Aircraft
Researchers are developing an early warning system for aircraft -- paint that changes color when the metal beneath it begins to corrode. While maintenance crews can search for corrosion with several high-tech tools, this may be less expensive and more sensitive, because it makes corrosion visible to the naked eye. (1998-03-26)

University of Southern Mississippi polymer researchers awarded $450,000 grant
The University of Southern Mississippi has received a $450,000 grant from the Mississippi Development Authority (2002-02-25)

Graphene paints a corrosion-free future
A thin layer of graphene paint can make impermeable and chemically resistant coatings which could be used for packaging to keep food fresh for longer and protect metal structures against corrosion, new findings from the University of Manchester show. (2014-09-11)

Washington University, 2 industries, team to clean up mercury emissions
Washington University in St. Louis is partnering with Chrysler LLC and a major Midwest utility company in a project to determine if paint solid residues from automobile manufacturing can reduce emissions of mercury from electric power plants. The project is based upon the technical expertise of Pratim Biswas, Ph.D., Stifel & Quinette Jens Professor of Environmental Engineering Science, who has demonstrated the effectiveness of titanium dioxide in controlling mercury in lab and recent field studies. (2008-01-11)

Pioneering new technique could revolutionise super-resolution imaging systems
Scientists have developed a pioneering new technique that could revolutionise the accuracy, precision and clarity of super-resolution imaging systems. (2021-01-21)

New paint makes tough self-cleaning surfaces
A new paint that makes robust self-cleaning surfaces has been developed by a team led by UCL researchers. The coating can be applied to clothes, paper, glass and steel and when combined with adhesives, maintains its self-cleaning properties after being wiped, scratched with a knife and scuffed with sandpaper. (2015-03-05)

Playground paints should be monitored to reduce potential danger to public health
Playground equipment should be monitored more regularly to ensure toxic metals contained within paints do not present a danger to public and child health, a study recommends (2016-01-25)

New paints prevent fouling of ships' hulls
The colonization of hulls by algae, barnacles, mussels and other organisms is a major problem for both pleasure boats and merchant tonnage. In a joint project, researchers at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have developed new environmentally-friendly and effective bottom paints to prevent this. (2012-06-11)

Custom filler material produces excellent paint without common damage to mixing equipment
In order to produce paint of the highest possible quality, the raw materials must be tightly controlled. This includes the mineral fillers that make up to 50 percent of the paint. (2006-05-19)

QUT researcher discovers Maya mask splendor
Ancient Mayan temple builders used dazzling lustrous pigments. (2008-01-22)

Graffiti for science
In a new feasibility study, a Swiss-German team of scientists with the participation of Jens Turowski, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam -- GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, shows how erosive processes can be visualized by simple painting on rocks in a mountain gorge in the Swiss Alps. (2016-12-16)

Investigating the techniques of Old Masters
Why do the colours in some of Van Gogh's paintings change? How did he mix his paint? The new De Mayerne research programme is investigating molecular changes due to the ageing of paintings, artist's techniques and the effects of previous restorations. (2002-06-24)

Solar paint offers endless energy from water vapor
Researchers in Melbourne, Australia, have developed a compound that draws moisture from the air and splits it into oxygen and hydrogen. The hydrogen can be captured as a clean fuel source. (2017-06-14)

Robot swarms follow instructions to create art
Controlling a swarm of robots to paint a picture sounds like a difficult task. However, a new technique allows an artist to do just that, without worrying about providing instructions for each robot. Using this method, the artist can assign different colors to specific areas of a canvas, and the robots will work together to paint the canvas. The technique could open up new possibilities in art and other fields. (2020-10-14)

Boat owners can fight barnacles with new eco-friendly method
A new eco-friendly method to fight the accumulation of barnacles on the hulls of boats and ships has been developed by Emiliano Pinori in cooperation with colleagues at the University of Gothenburg and the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden in BorĂ¥s. (2013-07-04)

Nanotech clay armor creates fire resistant hard wearing latex emulsion paints
Researchers at the University of Warwick's Department of Chemistry have found a way of replacing the soap used to stabilize latex emulsion paints with nanotech sized clay armour that can create a much more hard-wearing and fire-resistant paint. (2007-07-26)

Study supports 'urgent' need for worldwide ban on lead-based paint
Environmental and occupational health experts at the University of Cincinnati have found that major countries -- including India, China and Malaysia -- still produce and sell consumer paints with dangerously high lead levels. They say that this lead-based paint production poses a global health threat, and a worldwide ban is urgently needed to avoid future public health problems. (2006-07-17)

Switched-on new nanotechnology paints for hospitals could kill superbugs
New nanotechnology paints for walls, ceilings, and surfaces could be used to kill hospital superbugs when fluorescent lights are switched on, scientists heard today at the Society for General Microbiology's autumn meeting being held this week at Trinity College, Dublin. (2008-09-09)

Tripping the fluid dynamic: The physics of Jackson Pollock
The abstract expressionist paintings of Jackson Pollock reveal that the American artist was an intuitive master of the laws that govern the flow of liquids under gravity, according to a multidisciplinary team of researchers from Boston College and Harvard. (2011-06-29)

Protrusions in oil paintings are a worldwide problem
Dutch paintings conservator Petria Noble has established that tiny craters and lumps observed on the surface of hundreds of oil paintings throughout the world are caused by aggregates of metal soaps that protrude through the surface of the paint, hence the name protrusions. Noble presented her team's findings during the (2003-06-24)

Colorful wall hangings contain toxic substances
Traditional Swedish bonad paintings can contain toxic substances such as arsenic, reveals new research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in which painting conservator and conservation scientist Ingalill Nystrom analyzed the paint and techniques used in the traditional painted wall hangings from southern Sweden. Previous research into bonad painting has always originated in the humanities, from an art/cultural history perspective. (2012-11-12)

Graffiti-free historic buildings
Many a historic landmark is defaced with graffiti, but the spray paint can only be removed -- if at all -- using caustic solutions which risk damaging the underlying surface. A new breathable coating provides efficient, all-round protection against attacks by taggers. (2009-09-10)

Athletic field paint steals spotlight from the grass it covers
Three researchers from NC State University have investigated the effects athletic field paints have on turfgrass, finding the potential for serious disruptions to the amounts of photosynthetically active radiation available to the grass. (2012-08-27)

Lead-based consumer paint remains a global public health threat
Although lead content in paint has been restricted in the United States since 1978, University of Cincinnati environmental health researchers say in major countries from three continents there is still widespread failure to acknowledge its danger and companies continue to sell consumer paints that contain dangerous levels of lead. (2009-08-04)

Length of time to rid homes of lead hazards unacceptable, researchers say
The length of time it can take to rid homes of lead hazards is (2007-02-05)

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