The Chemical Materials Solutions Center of KRICT directed by Dr. Jae Heung Lee has filed applications related to technologies of dry process of polymer nanocomposite thin film and main target material for sputtering. In particular, it has developed fluoropolymer/inorganic complex target materials to functionalize features such as high water repellency, anti-fingerprint, flexibility, high hardness, anti-reflection, and water barrier, etc. In other words, original root technology applied has been developed for improved functions of product’s surface.
This technology has been developed by using large-area, roll-to-roll sputtering at the KRICT Chemical Materials Solutions Center. The technology enables easier commercialization when transferred to companies by securing a method for processing of large areas and mass production.
Because this agreement was also supported by Commercializations Promotion Agency for R&D outcomes, INNOPOLIS Foundation, and Korea Science & Technology Holdings, it is exemplary of successful cooperation between government-funded organizations.
KRICT has filed three PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) applications and 11 national patent applications related to technology on the formation of fluoropolymer nanocomposite thin film, and one of the national applications was registered.
KRICT is planning to promote cooperation in various fields such as water-repellent coating, anti-fouling coating, reflective coating, high-tech repellent fabric coating, anti-fingerprint coating, electric conduction coating, electrochromic coating, high hardness and antiabrasive coating, oil-repellent coating, and high transporting coating, etc.
The application of fluorinated-coating material has been expanded to the industrial field such as healthcare, automobile, aviation, food, and pharmaceuticals, etc., along with the traditional field such as chemical device and process, electrical and electronic industry, and paint for architecture. Especially, the growth rate has been remarkable for the medical (7.0%, CAGR) and automobile (3.7% CAGR) industries. JAEWOO and LEAP HIGH are planning to produce advanced, high-quality fluorinated dry coating materials and products through the technology that is transferred from KRICT.
KRICT has planned Value Chain Marketing (VCM) as a marketing strategy so as to transfer the technology to JAEWOO, which is a manufacturer of raw materials, and LEAP HIGH, which is a manufacturer of products simultaneously. Based on the collaboration, KRICT is planning to enter the global market with domestic SMEs.
“This nanocomposite film coating technology is a foundation technology for display, solar energy, high performance fiber, materials of automobile, fuel battery, secondary battery, water treatment, ICT and IoT, etc. which creates the nation’s new growth engine. The agreement between KRICT, having the world best technology for coating and film, and JAEWOO and LEAP HIGH can be a good example to provide direction on government research institutes as it is a successful model of value chain marketing strategy via active cooperation among government funded organizations,” say Dr. Kew-Ho Lee, president of KRICT.
“This is the world’s first technology for large-area fluoropolymer coating in a manner of sputtering. This is a result of efforts made by Chemical Materials Solutions Center of KRICT to support R&D and commercialization of companies by developing company-customized technologies. We will make further efforts to help companies to enhance their competitiveness and capacity in the field of materials and components through continuous R&D of this technology,” adds Dr. Jae Heung Lee, director of Chemical Infrastructure Division, KRICT.
After the licensing out, Dr. Jae Heung Lee and Dr. Sang-Jin Lee of KRICT will continue to support the research and commercialization of the technology to enter the global market.