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Icephobic Coating

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Icephobic Coating:

Aerospace, electric power transmission, and wind energy applications.


SurfTec’s coating possesses nano-scale and micro-scale hierarchical structures that produce ultra-hydrophobic properties.  Because water is repelled and does not fully wet the surface, any ice crystals formed on the surface have a smaller contact area at the interface with the coating and thus a lower adhesion to the surface.

Our coating decreases ice adhesion. While many icephobic coatings are not durable, SurfTec’s coating yields a robust protective layer that can withstand UV and weathering degradation and is designed to last for the life of the component on which it is deposited.

A centrifuge ice adhesion (CAT) test, performed at AMIL International Laboratory, revealed that our coating exhibits an adhesion reduction factor (ARF) of 3.3.

Samples Prepared for Centrifuge Ice Adhesion Test

Samples prepared for centrifuge ice adhesion test (CAT)
icy bridge

ice phobic testing results

SEM micrograph view of topography produced by SurfTec’s coating.

SurfTec’s ability to reduce ice adhesion, coupled with the ability of the coating to maintain functionality under UV and harsh weather conditions, makes the coating ideal for many applications.

ice phobic test results

Samples showing ice accumulation (ice formed by freezing drizzle) before and after centrifuge ice adhesion test.

Centrifuge Ice Adhesion Test


SurfTec’s coating exhibits an Adhesion Reduction Factor of 3.3

Ultra-Hydrophobic Surface Resists Prevents Ice Accumulation

Surface Topography

Icephobic Magnification

Icephobic Coating Results

Icephobic Coating Results

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