One of the world’s leading plastics suppliers, Bayer MaterialScience (Leverkusen, Germany), has become the latest in a string of major multinational businesses to form a collaboration with Nano Terra Inc., a company on the leading edge of surface engineering and nanotechnology co-development. Bayer says its specific collaboration will involve integrating Nano Terra’s innovations into films made of Bayer’s plastics, with Bayer’s Makrolon-brand polycarbonate the clearest choice for use of the nanotechnology.
Other companies already collaborating with Nano Terra include Merck, Honeywell, and 3M. Nano Terra uses nanotechnology and surface engineering to enhance existing products or create entirely new products; its efforts extend to smart materials and surfaces; flexible electronics such as displays and electronic packaging; fuel cells, batteries and solar power devices; sensors; and more. The company will apply its surface engineering expertise to Bayer’s materials to create new surface functionalities. Bayer’s PC films already see use in numerous applications such as display films, decorative elements and keypads, and the company is, with its competitor Sabic Innovative Plastics, on the forefront of developments for PC window glazing for automotive applications. —[email protected]