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The Global Market for Anti-Fog Coatings and Films 2023-2033

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  • 103 Pages
  • September 2022
  • Region: Global
  • Future Markets, Inc
  • ID: 5262101

Fog formation on surfaces is a major problem in optical systems, such as the lenses and mirrors found in glasses, swimming goggles, camera lenses, binoculars, etc. This undesirable phenomenon reduces the effectiveness of light transmittance and therefore the optical surface and material efficiency. The utilization of advanced surface coating technologies can be used to address a wide variety of these problems. Examples include:

  • Cleaning optical surfaces is time consuming, expensive, or impossible.
  • Fingerprints negatively impact the performance of optics.
  • Functional issues due to liquid behaviour on surfaces.
  • Contamination and fouling materials negatively impact optical behaviour.
  • Improved adhesive/bonding characteristics are desired on optical surfaces.
  • Surface is not lubricous enough.
  • Wettability of an optical surface is not ideal.
  • Fogging & moisture build up negatively impact optical performance.

Anti-fog coatings are also known as non-mist coatings and their use have grown in use in eyewear and headgear in the last few years. Fogging by moisture condensation on transparent substrates presents a major challenge in several optical applications that require excellent light transmission characteristics, such as eyeglasses and vehicle windshields, and can lead to serious hazards involving in blurred vision, light scattering, energy consumption and safety hazard during the usage process of transparent glass and plastics. These problems limit the uses of transparent polymeric materials. Anti-fogging additives are also widely used in food packaging films.

Their development has accelerated though breakthroughs in the use of inorganic materials such as TiO2, or SiO2, polymers containing polar functions such as hydroxyl (OH), carboxyl (COOH), and ester groups (COOR),and the textured or porous surfaces. 

Applications that benefit from anti-fog treatments include:

  • eyewear (e.g., safety goggles, face shields).
  • optical instruments (e.g., cameras, microscopes, endoscopic instruments).
  • externally located gauges and signs.
  • food packaging. 
  • visors or sport goggles.
  • display screens (e.g., computer monitors, mobile device displays).
  • military helmets.
  • photovoltaic modules.
  • car windshields and lamp casings.

There are two main types of anti-fog coatings:

  • Hydrophobic and superhydrophobic coatings that repel water, making it bead and run off of the lens.
  • Hydrophilic and superhydrophilic coatings that form a thin coating of water over the lens.

Combinations of both have also been developed.

Report contents include:

  • Anti-fog coatings technology assessment. 
  • Global revenues for anti-fog coatings and films 2019-2033, by market.
  • Market challenges. 
  • Market drivers and trends in anti-fog coatings and films.
  • Markets for anti-fog coatings and films including Automotive, solar panels, healthcare and medicine, display devices and eyewear (optics), food packaging and agricultural films.
  • 39 Company profiles. Companies profiled include Aculon, Inc., Akzo Nobel, Clariant AG, Daikin Industries, Ltd., Hydromer, Inc, Nano-Care Deutschland AG, Natoco Co., Ltd., NEI Corporation and many more. 

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Table of Contents

1.1 Aims and objectives of the study
1.2 Technology Readiness Level (TRL)

2.1 Why anti-fog coatings?
2.2 Advantages over traditional coatings
2.3 Market drivers and trends
2.4 End user market for anti-fog coatings
2.5 Global revenues for anti-fog coatings and films 2019-2033
2.6 Market challenges

3.1 Properties
3.2 Production and synthesis methods
3.2.1 Film coatings techniques analysis
3.2.2 Superhydrophobic coatings on substrates
3.2.3 Electrospray and electrospinning
3.2.4 Chemical and electrochemical deposition Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) Physical vapor deposition (PVD) Atomic layer deposition (ALD) Aerosol coating Layer-by-layer Self-assembly (LBL) Sol-gel process Etching
3.3 Methods for producing anti-fog coatings
3.4 Types of anti-fog coatings
3.4.1 Hydrophilic coatings Superhydrophilic anti-fogging
3.4.2 Hydrophobic and superhydrophobic coatings and surfaces Hydrophobic coatings Superhydrophobic
3.4.3 Oleophobic coatings and surfaces SLIPS Applications Hydrophilic/oleophobic anti-fogging
3.4.4 Zwitterionic polymers
3.4.5 Biomimetic anti-fogging materials
3.4.6 Cellulose nanocrystals Synthesis Properties Anti-fog CNCs

4.1 Automotive
4.2 Solar panels
4.3 Healthcare and medical
4.4 Display devices and eyewear (optics)
4.5 Food packaging and agricultural films

Table 1. Technology Readiness Level (TRL) Examples
Table 2. Types of anti-fog solutions
Table 3. Market drivers and trends in anti-fog coatings
Table 4. Applications of anti-fog coatings
Table 5. Global revenues for anti-fog coatings and films, 2019-2033, millions USD, by market
Table 6. Market and technical challenges for anti-fog coatings
Table 7. Film coatings techniques
Table 8. Techniques for constructing superhydrophobic coatings on substrates
Table 9. Typical surfaces with superwettability used in anti-fogging
Table 10. Contact angles of hydrophilic, super hydrophilic, hydrophobic and superhydrophobic surfaces
Table 11. Disadvantages of commonly utilized superhydrophobic coating methods
Table 12. Applications of oleophobic & omniphobic coatings
Table 13. Types of biomimetic materials and properties
Table 14. Synthesis methods for cellulose nanocrystals (CNC)
Table 15. CNC sources, size and yield
Table 16. CNC properties
Table 17. Mechanical properties of CNC and other reinforcement materials
Table 18. Market overview of anti-fog coatings in automotive
Table 19. Market overview of anti-fog coatings in solar panels
Table 20. Market overview of anti-fog coatings in healthcare and medical
Table 21. Market overview of anti-fog coatings in display devices and eyewear (optics)
Table 22. Market overview of anti-fog coatings in food packaging and agricultural films
Table 23. Akzo Nobel Armofog products
Table 24. Natoco anti-fog coating properties
Table 25. Film properties of MODIPER H

Figure 1. Anti-fog goggles
Figure 2. Global revenues for anti-fog coatings, 2019-2033, by market
Figure 3. Nanocoatings synthesis techniques
Figure 4. Electrospray deposition
Figure 5. CVD technique
Figure 6. Schematic of ALD
Figure 7. SEM images of different layers of TiO2 nanoparticles in steel surface
Figure 8. The coating system is applied to the surface. The solvent evaporates
Figure 9. A first organization takes place where the silicon-containing bonding component (blue dots in figure 2) bonds covalently with the surface and cross-links with neighbouring molecules to form a strong three-dimensional
Figure 10. During the curing, the compounds organise themselves in a nanoscale monolayer. The fluorine-containing repellent component (red dots in figure 3) on top makes the glass hydro- phobic and oleophobic
Figure 11. Hydrophilic effect
Figure 12. Anti-fogging nanocoatings on protective eyewear
Figure 13. A schematic of (a) water droplet on normal hydrophobic surface with contact angle greater than 90° and (b) water droplet on a superhydrophobic surface with a contact angle > 150°
Figure 14. Contact angle on superhydrophobic coated surface
Figure 15. SLIPS repellent coatings
Figure 16. Omniphobic coatings
Figure 17. Superhydrophilic zwitterionic polymer brushes
Figure 18. TEM image of cellulose nanocrystals
Figure 19. CNC preparation
Figure 20. Extracting CNC from trees
Figure 21. FogKicker products
Figure 22. Face shield with anti-fog coating
Figure 23. Works TT 5 helmet with anti-fog coating
Figure 24. Bostik anti-fog films
Figure 25. NANOMYTE® SAF-100 coated polycarbonate resists fogging over hot water (left) and upon being removed from a freezer (right)
Figure 26. Schematic of MODOPER H series Anti-fog agents

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Aculon, Inc
  • Advanced Nanotechnologies S.L
  • Adaptive Surface Technologies 
  • Akita Innovations LLC 
  • Akzo Nobel N.V
  • Ampacet Corporation 
  • Avient 
  • Bostik 
  • Ceko Co., Ltd
  • Clariant AG 
  • Croda 
  • Cytonix LLC 
  • Daikin Industries, Ltd
  • IFF 
  • Emery Oleochemicals LLC 
  • Essilor 
  • FSI Coating Technologies, Inc
  • GBneuhaus GmbH 
  • Green Earth Nano Science, Inc
  • GXC Coatings 
  • Hydromer, Inc
  • Liquiglide, Inc
  • Nano-Care Deutschland AG 
  • Neodynetics 
  • Nano-X GmbH 
  • Natoco Co., Ltd
  • NBD Nano 
  • NEI Corporation 
  • NOF Corporation 
  • Palsgaard A/S 
  • RIA Technology 
  • SABO S.p.A
  • Smart Material Solutions, Inc
  • South Plastic Industry Co., Ltd
  • SuSoS AG 
  • Tosaf Compounds 
  • Van Meeuwen Chemicals BV 
  • Wattglass, LLC