Practical Nanocoatings:Principles and Practice

Nanocoatings: Principles and Practice Abbott Holmes DesTech Dr Nigel Holmes and I wrote Nanocoatings: Principles & Practice with a key goal. We wanted the book to be one that would have saved us a lot of bother in our careers developing nanocoatings. In particular, we wanted to make sure that we provided useful formulae in a form that readers (and ourselves!) could use. This meant that an Excel workbook (free, no strings attached) was provided for download. We're happy that the book and Excel have both been a great success.

However, technology moves on and it seemed a good idea to put the key calculations into app format, with some short explanations.

So Practical Nanocoatings was born and was mostly at readers of the book - though the apps were still useful to those who don't have a copy. You are welcome to use the apps without the book's guidance but we think you'll get even more out of them if you get the book for yourself. If we didn't think that you'd find the book useful, we wouldn't have written it!


  1. Nano or Not?
    • Do you really want to go nano?
  2. Why Do We Need Nano?
    • There are plenty of good reasons, but plenty of reasons why it might be a bad choice.
  3. Finding the Right Nanoadditive
    • How the nanoparticles are made has a big influence on whether they are suitable for you.
  4. Creating Stable Nanoformulations
    • DLVO, HSP, Adhesion etc.
  5. Finding the Perfect Solvent
    • Choosing the solvents rationally (e.g. via HSP) can avoid a lot of problems.
  6. Coating, Printing, Drying
    • How you coat, print and dry can have a big effect on performance.
  7. 3D Nanocoatings
    • Putting nanoparticles into surface structures.
  8. Have the Nanoadditives Done Their Job?
    • How do you test whether the nano materials have really increased performance?
  9. Dealing with Nanosafety
    • A calm approach to a topic that often creates panic.