Safer Smarter Solutions
 
 

Innovation

SMART
COATINGS

A new industry standard that replaces toxic chemicals with smart coatings through micro/nano reservoir technologies.

 
 
 
 
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Our Mission

Hexigone aims to replace toxic chemicals used in the anti-corrosion market with our disruptive, novel, micro/nano reservoir technologies, creating 'smart' coatings. Our additives will enable the coatings to protect for longer in an intelligent manner, increasing the lifetime cycle of the end product, reducing the drain on primary resources. We aim to become the new industry standard. 

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Impact

Corrosion costs the world economy 2.5 trillion dollars every year.  The current industry standard was the subject of the Julia Roberts film Erin Brockovich over 20 years ago, and is still in use today!  

We have a safer, smarter way to replace traditional toxic chemicals by using intelligent micro reservoirs that make the coatings responsive to the environment and can sense when they need to protect themselves.

 

2.5+

2.5 TrILLION DOLLARS

Corrosion costs the world economy 2.5 trillion dollars every year.

 

24+

TESTING DONE IN 24 HOURS

Testing takes around 24 hours for screening.

 
 

12x

12x More effective

12x more affective in lab testing than
current industry standards.

 

 

Challenge

 
 

The Challenge was to design new highly effective inhibitor containing reservoirs that are reactive to environmental changes within the protective coating/interface with substrate. The new inhibiting pigments sequester aggressive corrosion ions into the coatings and release the highly effective inhibitor. The system is highly cost effective, originally designed to replace current technologies used in the architectural steel coatings market.

 

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Process

We use in-house built scanning Kelvin probes (SKP) that can see through a polymer film and detect the potential of the metal underneath.
 

 

How

The gold reference probe vibrates in a sinusoidal manner above the coated metal surface, creating a small AC current. By calibrating the system, we convert the kelvin potential into the free corrosion potential of the metal underneath.

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RESULTS

We get spatially resolved maps of corrosion potential in real time = 24 hour testing not the traditional minimum 500 hours for fully coated systems.

 

 

This is a significant discovery and
shows how the U.K. is still a driving innovation
force in industry,
— Bill Bonfield, professor and chair of the Armourers and Brasiers Venture Prize judging panel.