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Smart Surfaces Markets 2015-2022

In this report, n-tech identifies the emerging market opportunities for smart surfaces across a wide range of applications.  Smart surfaces are capable of rearranging their morphology or composition in response to changes of the ambient environment.  We expect smart surfaces to capitalize on the recent commercial successes of smart coatings and note both the extensive R&D in the field of smart surfaces and the beginnings of commercialization.
The report examines the use of metal oxides, polymers and biomaterials to create smart surfaces, as well as the use of novel patterning technologies including those derived from nanomanufacturing.  We provide a roadmap and eight-year forecast (in volume and value terms) for smart surfaces in five important end-user sectors:  energy, electronics, healthcare, automotive and aerospace, and the military.  For each sector, we provide breakouts by materials type.  In addition, the report also assesses the R&D and marketing strategies of the leading firms that are active in the commercialization of smart coatings.
n-tech’s market assessment of the smart coatings market is based both on the latest results from the lab and current marketing trends.  For example, we examine how smart surfaces will play out in the Internet-of-Things and how recent changes in the energy sector will impact the prospects for smart surfaces.  The report also examines how smart surfaces will find their place in smart environments where they must compete with embedded sensors and smart coatings.
The industry analysis in this report builds on n-tech’s extensive program on the markets for smart coatings.  n-tech has been providing coverage in the smart coatings space for five years.
Executive Summary
E.1 Smart Surfaces Creating Opportunities
E.1.1 Types of Smart Surfaces and their Commercialization
E.2 Opportunities for the Smart Surfaces in the Construction Sector
E.2.1 Smart Windows
E.2.2 Self-Cleaning Surfaces
E.2.3 Self-Healing Surfaces
E.2.4 Solar Panels and Smart Surfaces
E.3 Opportunities for Smart Surfaces in the Energy Sector
E.4 Opportunities for Smart Surfaces in the Transportation Sector
E.4.1 Self-Healing Smart Surfaces for Vehicles
E.4.2 Smart Glass in Transportation
E.4.3 Self-Coloring Interiors
E.4.4 Anti-Fouling Surfaces
E.5 Smart Surfaces in Medical and Healthcare Markets
E.6 Smart Surfaces for Electronics Markets
E.7 Barriers to Growth in the Smart Surface Market
E.8 Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts of Smart Surface Markets
Chapter One Introduction
1.1 Background to this Report
1.1.1 Smart Cars:  Where Smart Surfaces Begin
1.1.2 Smart Surfaces:  Essential to the Internet-of-Things?
1.1.3 Smart Medical Surfaces
1.1.4 Other
1.2 Objective and Scope of Report
1.3 Methodology of Report
1.3.1 Forecasting Methodology
1.4 Plan of Report
Chapter Two: Technologies and Manufacturing for Smart Surfaces
2.1 Smart Surfaces:  Technology and Types
2.1.1 Smart Bandages as an Example
2.2 Sensors and Surfaces
2.2.1 Evolution of Low-Cost Sensors and the Cost Factor
2.2.2 Types of Sensors for Surfaces
2.3 Smart Materials for Smart Surfaces
2.3.1 Self-Healing Materials
2.3.2 Self-Cleaning Materials
2.3.3 Self-Assembling Materials
2.4 Relationship of Smart Surfaces to Smart Coatings
2.5 Manufacturing Innovations
2.5.1 Optical Lithography
2.5.3 Functional Printing
2.5.4 Nanomanufacturing Processes
2.5.5 Layer-by-Layer Self-Assembly
2.6 Key Points Made in this Chapter
Chapter Three: Current and Future Markets for Smart Surfaces in the Construction Industry
3.1 Smart Surface Opportunities in Construction
3.2 Smart Coatings for Self-Dimming Windows Paving the Way
3.2.1 Key Trends Shaping Opportunities in the Self-Tinting Glass Market
3.2.2 Passive Self-Tinting Windows:  Thermochromic and Photochromic Coatings
3.2.3 Active Self-Dimming Windows:  Electrochromic, SPD and PDLC
3.2.4 How Much Smartness Does a Self-Dimming Window Require:  The Need for Smart Surfaces
3.3 Opportunities for Self-Cleaning Surfaces in Buildings
3.3.1 Hydrophobic Surfaces versus Hydrophilic Surfaces
3.3.2 Improvements to Self-Cleaning Surfaces Using More Complex Material Systems
3.3.3 Adding Functionality to Self-Cleaning Surfaces
3.4 Self-Healing Surfaces in Construction
3.4.1 Emerging Self-Healing Technologies
3.4.2 The Future of Self-Healing Surfaces in Construction
3.5 Smart Solar Surfaces
3.5.1 Monolithically Integrated BIPV Considered as a Smart Surface
3.5.2 Self-Cleaning Solar Surfaces
3.5.3 Solar for Powering Smart Windows
3.6 Smart Floors
3.6.1 Air Purification in Smart Floors
3.6.2 Smart Floors That Track
3.4 Smarter Walls
3.6 Eight-Year Forecasts of Smart Surfaces in the Construction Sector
3.6.1 Impact of the Worldwide Construction Market
3.6 Key Points from this Chapter
Chapter Four: Current and Future Markets for Smart Surfaces in Energy Generation
4.1 The Future of Energy and its Impact on Smart Surfaces
4.2 Smart Surfaces in Solar Farms
4.3 Smart Surfaces for Wind Turbines
4.3.1 Existing Products
4.3.2 Future Products
4.4 Eight-Year Forecasts of Smart Surfaces in the Energy Generation Sector
4.5 Key Points from this Chapter
Chapter Five: Current and Future Markets for Smart Surfaces in Transportation Vehicles
5.1 Trains and Boats and Planes
5.1.1 Functional Advantages of Smart Surfaces in Transportation
5.1.2 Aesthetic Advantages of Smart Surfaces in Smart Surfaces
5.2 Self-Healing Surfaces in the Automotive Industry
5.2.1 Organizations to Watch in Automotive Self-Healing Surface Markets
5.2.2 Future Developments in Self-Healing Surfaces for the Automotive Market
5.2.3 Self-Healing Surfaces for Other Transportation Markets
5.3 Smart Glass Surfaces in the Transportation Market
5.3.1 Four Key Factors Promoting the Use of Smart Glass in the Automotive Sector
5.3.2 Self-Tinting Glass in the Automotive Sector
5.3.3 PDLC Privacy Glass in the Automotive Sector
5.3.4 Smart Mirrors
5.3.5 Self-Cleaning Glass
5.3.6 Self-Healing Glass in Automotive Markets
5.3.7 Embedded Intelligence in Smart Auto Glass Surfaces
5.3.8 Six Companies Shaping the Smart Auto Glass Business
5.4 Embedding Devices in Smart Surfaces in the Automotive Industry
5.5 Color-Changing Surfaces for Cars and Planes
5.6 Smart Antifouling, Anticorrosion and Antimicrobial Surfaces for Cars and Marine Markets
5.6.1 Current Chemistries for Antifouling Surfaces
5.6.2 Elimination of Copper in Anti-Fouling Surfaces
5.6.3 Antifouling Surfaces with On-demand Features for Commercial Ships
5.6.4 Smart Sensors for Marine Applications yet to gain Significant Traction
5.6.5 Other Developments in Smart Anticorrosive Surfaces
5.7 De-icing Coatings
5.8 Other Developments in Smart Surfaces for Transportation
5.8.1 Smart Tires
5.8.2 Self-Stratifying Coatings
5.8.3 Self-Assembled Monolayers
5.9 Eight-Year Forecast of Smart Surfaces in Transportation
5.10 Key Points from this Chapter
Chapter Six:  Smart Surfaces in the Healthcare Industry
6.1 Possible Uses for Smart Surfaces in Healthcare
6.2 Biocompatability
6.3 Antimicrobial Smart Surfaces
6.3.1 Smart Antimicrobial Surfaces Getting Smarter
6.3.2 The Use of Silver in Smart Antimicrobials
6.4 Drug Delivery Surfaces
6.4.1 Examples of R&D in Smart Drug Delivery Surfaces
6.5 Other Potential Applications for Smart Surfaces in Medicine and Healthcare
6.5.1 Cell Culture
6.5.2 Surfaces, Biosensors and Diagnostics
6.5.3 Bioseparation and Miniaturized Microfluidics
6.6 Eight-Year Forecasts of Smart Surfaces in the Medical Sector
6.7 Key Points from this Chapter
Chapter Seven:  Smart Surfaces in the Electronics Market
7.1 Smart Surfaces, Fashion Electronics and the Internet-of-Things
7.1.1 The IoT and Smart Surfaces
7.1.2 Smart Surfaces for Fashion Electronics
7.2 Smart Surfaces as Human Computer Interfaces
7.3 Large-Area Electronics and the Manufacture of Smart Electronics Surfaces
7.3.1 Manufacturing Smart Electronic Surfaces
7.3.2 Flexible and Curved Surfaces and Smart Electronics
7.4 Eight-Year Forecasts of Smart Surfaces in the Electronics Sector
7.5 Key Points from this Chapter
Chapter Eight:  A Coda on Smart Surfaces in Military and Domestic Security Markets
8.1 Smart Surfaces in Military and Domestic Security
8.2 Smart Surfaces for Camouflage
8.3 Radar Absorbent Materials
8.4 Anticorrosion and Anti-Fouling
8.5 Eight-Year Forecasts of Smart Surfaces in the Medical Sector
8.6 Key Points from this Chapter
Acronyms and Abbreviations Used In this Report
About the Author
List of Exhibits
Exhibit E-1: Summary of Worldwide Smart Surfaces Market by Revenues ($ Millions) 
Exhibit 2-1: Advantages of Printing for Fabricating Low-Cost Sensors for Smart Surfaces 
Exhibit 3-1: Customer Choice Possibilities of Smart Coatings for Smart Windows 
Exhibit 3-2: Major Research Initiatives and Trends in Self-Healing Surface Technology  
Exhibit 3-3: Smart Wall Functionality and Markets 
Exhibit 3-4: Worldwide Market for Smart Surfaces in the Construction Industry. 
Exhibit 4-1: Worldwide Market for Smart Surfaces in the Energy Sector 
Exhibit 5-1: Factors Shaping Demand for Smart Glass in the Automotive Sector 
Exhibit 5-2: Firms to Watch in the Smart Windows Market 
Exhibit 5-3: Worldwide Market for Smart Surfaces in the Transportation Sector 
Exhibit 6-1: Worldwide Market for Smart Surfaces in the Medical Sector 
Exhibit 7-1:  Worldwide Market for Smart Surfaces in the Electronics Sector 
Exhibit 8-1: Worldwide Market for Smart Surfaces in the Military and Domestic Security Sector 

Smart Surfaces Markets 2015-2022

New NanoMarkets Report States that Smart Surfaces Will Be a $13.5 Billion Market by 2020

Glen Allen, Virginia:  NanoMarkets has announced the release of a new report titled, “Smart Surfaces Markets 2015-2022.”  The report says the smart surfaces market will grow to around $13.5 billion by 2020 and scale to almost $30 billion in 2022. The report follows a January 2015 release on smart coatings markets.

More details on the report are available at:

About the Report:

“Smart surfaces,” change their function or form in response to outside stimuli.  They have attracted attention from the R&D community for a decade and are now being commercialized.   Smart walls, floors, car bodies, and cell phone cases and other smart surfaces are rapidly emerging business opportunities and this report shows where they will generate new business revenues in the construction, energy, transportation, medical, electronics and military/domestic security sectors.  

This report includes eight-year forecasts in both volume and value ($ millions) terms for each end-user sector, with breakouts for major types of smart surfaces such as self-cleaning surfaces, energy-generating surfaces, self-repairing surfaces, etc.  In addition, the report also assesses the R&D and marketing strategies of the leading firms that are active in the commercialization of smart coatings.

Firms discussed in the report include: 3M, ATFI, BASF, Balcony Systems, Bayer, Clariant, Debiotech, Dow, DSM, Duco, Ecoways, General Motors, Gentex, HzO, Johnson Controls, Jotun, Lauzon, McLaren, nanoShell, Nanotrons, Nanovation, nGimat, Nippon Paint, P2i, PEL, Photocat, Pilkington, Pleotint, PPG, RavenBrick, Research Frontiers, Saint-Gobain, 
SeePoint Technology, Senseg, Sherwin-Williams, SLIPS Technologies, Specialty Coating Systems, Svaya Nanotechnologies, Sunpartner, SWITCH Materials, Toyota, Välinge, Volkswagen and Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems 

From the Report:

The biggest market for smart surfaces will come in the transportation sector, which will clock up $4.1 billion in revenues from smart surfaces in 2020 for products sold cars, trucks, aircraft and marine vessels. This is also one of the most active areas for the development of smart surfaces with the active involvement of such major firms as Bayer, General Motors, Johnson Controls, Toyota, and Bayer.  Although, there is much talk about smart windows in the automotive space, NanoMarkets sees the major opportunities emerging in smart self-repairing car bodies and smart surfaces on vehicles that provide superlative protection from corrosion and ice.

The construction industry will spend $3.6 billion on smart surface products in 2020.  About one-third of these revenues, NanoMarkets believes, will come from smart solar surfaces.  These surfaces include both photovoltaic panels that are monolithically integrated into roofs and windows and self-cleaning solar panels that can rid themselves of dust and dirt and thereby increase their energy conversion efficiency.  Self-cleaning walls, windows and other surfaces are also expected to be money-spinners.

Since smart surfaces often require fine patterning to create their required functionality, the smart surfaces “revolution” may breath new life into nano-manufacturing technologies such as dip-pen nanolithography (DPN) and nanoimprint lithography (NIL), which have been confined to application markets for at least a decade.  DPN especially has characteristics that will make it of growing importance for creating smart surfaces.  One is DPN’s relatively low cost. Another is that DPN applications already include some that seem highly relevant to smart surfaces  -- these include biosensors, nanosensors, rapid prototyping and metamaterials.

About NanoMarkets:

NanoMarkets tracks and analyzes emerging markets in energy, electronics and other area created by developments in advanced materials. The firm is a recognized leader in industry analysis and forecasts in a number of sectors around "smart" technology, sensors and next generation electronics. Visit for a full listing of NanoMarkets' reports and other services.


Robert Nolan
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posted Mar 17, 2015

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