Q&A with EonCoat’s Lead Scientist Sameer Patel
We recently cornered Sameer Patel, EonCoat’s lead scientist, to ask him a few questions about what his work has meant to the development of EonCoat and what he sees as the next major trend in “paint tech”:
Sameer, what does role as lead scientist at EonCoat entail?
My role is to not only develop coating products, but to make those products as useful as possible for both contractors and customers.
Can you tell us more about the 2 component system used with EonCoat? What are the two primary “ingredients” for EonCoat and why are they stored separately?
Our coating has two components very similar to epoxies, polycarbonates and urethanes. Our two components are generally called part A and part B. Part A contains acidic minerals and part B contains basic minerals. When these parts mix and are sprayed, they form the final product (binder) on the substrate. Because the two parts are reactant when mixed, they are kept separately either in cartridges or buckets for storage purposes.
Once EonCoat has been applied, the resulting coating continues to strengthen for years. How long does EonCoat take to cure and why does it continue to strengthen over time?
Since our coating is based on the ceramics, it will change its microstructure over an extended period of time and gain strength. For comparison purposes, it can be likened to the chemical process with naturally occurring stones. While it gains strength over a period of time, it cures in only 10 minutes, reducing equipment downtime and saving costs in the “watching paint dry” category
If the current trend in the painting/coating industry is “green paint” where do you see the industry going next? Will there be a continued focus on green paint alternatives or do you see the industry focusing on innovation in different areas?
The “green paint” trend will continue for years to come and I’m sure several new types of paints and coatings will come to market for consumers during this transition period. In the future, I think innovators and manufacturers will end up using similar materials to what we are using right now for EonCoat.
What’s your favorite aspect of your work at EonCoat? What drives you as lead scientist?
As a lead scientist I certainly like to work on formulations developments which can give unique properties, but I also enjoy working on how to bring formulations to market by making them first work at production level and spray level.
A big ‘Thank You!’ to Sameer for taking the time to tell us a bit about EonCoat and his role as lead scientist. Any questions for Sameer not addressed above? Leave your question in the comments and we’ll ask him ourselves!