Workshop on Protective Decorative Easy-Clean Sol-Gel Coatings

Date: 13 Oct 2011 - 13 Oct 2011

Venue: Training Room 1, Level 3, Tower Block, 71 Nanyang Drive


Surface finishing provides one of the most important means of engineering product differentiation in terms of quality, performance and life-cycle cost. Drivers for new developments include improved consistency and yield of metal finishing processes, reduced energy consumption, eliminating use of hazardous chemicals and producing less waste while extending product lifetime and functionality.

As a response, new sol-gel coatings present opportunities for effective protection of metals and alloys.

Protecting against corrosion and contamination, sol-gel coatings may deliver a lower cost alternative to decorative anodizing. Colour effects range from optically transparent, through colour tints to black. The coatings have a hydrophobic surface for easy-clean properties. Sol-gel coatings exceed the performance of many paints and organic lacquers in terms of hardness, abrasion, chemical resistance and temperature durability.

At the workshop, a proposal for a collaborative industry project will be presented for product owners and contract manufacturers to transfer capabilities in new protective, decorative, easy-clean coatings, to set applications on a fast track for commercialisation.


2.00 p.m.    Welcome and Introduction to Sol-Gel Coatings Technology
2.20 p.m.    Sol-Gel Coatings Applications
2.40 p.m.    Collaborative Industry Project Proposal
3.00 p.m.    Project Arrangements
3.20 p.m.    Questions and Answers
3.30 p.m.    Refreshments
3.50 p.m.    Roundtable discussion
4.30 p.m.    Close

About Presenters

Dr Linda Wu is a Senior Scientist in the Surface Technology Group of SIMTech. She obtained her B.Eng and M.Eng from Tsinghua University, China, and PhD from Nanyang Technological University on Materials Science. Her career history includes Research Staff in Liverpool University, UK; Senior R&D Engineer in Philips Electronics (S) Pte Ltd and Research Assistant in NTU. She joined SIMTech in 2000, and has been the project leader for both research and industrial projects. Her research fields include nanoparticles synthesis and surface modification, sol-gel coating formulations, electro-chemical processes, and large area coating process.

Mr Peter Collier graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Physics and a  Master’s Degree in Surface Chemistry from the University of Bristol UK in 1983. He has more than 20 years of applied R&D experience in materials and process technologies for functional coatings and thin film devices. He currently leads the Surface Finishing Initiative at the Precision Engineering Centre of Innovation at SIMTech.

Who Should Attend
Senior Management (Managing Directors, Chief Executive Officers, General Managers) and Production/Operations Managers, Materials Managers, Business Managers and Senior Engineers.

This is a non-chargeable event. Please register online to reserve a seat.

Contact Us
For enquiries on workshop content:
Mr Peter Collier, Email:

For general enquiries:
Ms Samantha Sukiyama Chan, Email: