Abrasion Resistance: Resistance of film towards abrasive material
Adhesion: The bonding between two coating films or between a coating film and a substrate
Antibacterial: Resistance against bacteria
Aerogel: A highly porous solid formed from a gel
Antimicrobial: Resistance against microbes
Graffiti resistance: Resistance of surface towards writing or drawing
Anticorrosive: Resistance against corrosion.
Acid Resistance: Resistance of materials against liquids with a pH between 1-5
Alkali Resistance: Resistance of materials against liquids with a pH between 8-11
Antifouling: Resistance against fouling and biofilm formation on submerged natural or man made surfaces
Carbon Nanotube: A fullerene molecule having a cylindrical or toroidal shape with multifunctionality
Contact Angle: Angle between substrate and tangent line on the contact edge point of a liquid droplet
Cl Ion Ingress: Movement of Chloride ion into the mineral material
Detergent resistance: Resistance of coatings towards washing and cleaning liquids
Functional: Materials or coatings performing a specific function
Gel: A colloidal form of matter having a gelly like texture
Grout: The material used between ceramic or concrete tiles to ensure an even surface
Hydrophobic: Water repelling
Lotus Effect: The beading effect of water droplets on a Lotus flower which keeps the surface clean
Mineral surfaces: Concrete, mortar, stone, brick, tile and other similar mineral matter based surfaces
Morphology: 3- dimensional surface geometry of a material or biological specimen
Multifunctional: Delivering several different functions at the same time
MWCNT: Multiwall carbon nanotube
Nanocomposite: Multiphase solid material where at least one of its dimensions is in nm size (less than 100 nm)
Nanotechnology: Engineering of functional systems at the molecular scale. Molecular manufacturing
NOx Reduction: Breaking down of harmful air pollutant (NOx) into non-hazardous chemicals.
Oil Repelling: Surfaces that does not like and repel oil
Oleophobic: Oil repelling
Organometallic Compounds: Chemical compounds containing bonds between C atom and metal atom.
Optic: Related to light or behaviour of a surface under light
Optoelectronic: The electrical behaviour of material under optical stimulus
Photocatalytic Self Cleaning: Self cleaning of surfaces with the catalytic effect of light
Photovoltaic: A surface producing a voltage or electricity when exposed to light
Resistance to chemicals: Durability of a substance or film to chemicals
Salt Effloroscence: The change of certain crystalline compounds to a whitish powder through loss of their water at crystallization
Semi Conductor: A substance with electrical properties intermediate between a good conductor and good insulator
Silica Based Inorganic Precursors: Silanes, silazanes, siloxanes, silanols, silylenes, oligosilsesquioxanes, heterosilsesquioxanes, functional PDMS, silenes, etc.
Solgel: Inorganic solid network in solution
Sol: A colloid that has a continuous liquid phase in which a solid is suspended in liquid
Spectrum: The intensity of any radiation displayed as a function of frequency or wavelength
Scratch Resistance: Resistance to a depression carved into a surface, dent
Surface Tension: A phenomenon at the surface of a liquid caused by intermolecular forces
SWCNT: Singe wall carbon nanotubes
Thin film coating: A coating with a thickness between 100 nm to 5 micrometer
Topography: The configuration of a surface and the relation among its features
UV Resistance: Resistance of material towards radiation lying in the ultraviolet range
Xerogel: A solid formed from a gel by drying under the forces of shrinkage
Water Beading: A surface property which causes applied water to form discrete droplets on the surface
Water Proofing: Preventing the passage or penetration of water
Water Repellent: Surfaces that repel water
Weathering: Aging and deterioration of surfaces in time