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Graphene used to extend rechargeable battery life


Researchers from Western University (London, Ontario, Canada), using the Canadian Light Source (CLS) — a synchotron powered light source — at the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada), has found that adding a carbon-based layer to lithium-ion rechargeable batteries extends their life up to 50%.   

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Nominate a Young Professional for 40-Under-40 Program for 2020

Young professionals are vital to the finishing industry, and it is important to acknowledge those making strides in shaping the industry's future. Products Finishing is recognizing our industry's young talent through our annual 40-Under-40 awards program.

We are looking for 40 individuals under the age of 40 who are making a difference in finishing, both in their company and in the finishing community. The emphasis is on leadership and potential leadership—whether for a current employer or overall involvement in the industry.

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Elinor Coatings wins $3.2M Air Force Materials Research Subcontract

Elinor Coatings in Fargo, North Dakota, received a five-year subcontract worth $3.2 million from the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) and the Air Force Research Lab at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, as part of a Department of Defense contract to research the areas of advanced behavior and life prediction of aerospace materials for the U.S. Air Force.

Research performed at Elinor’s facilities at the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Research Park will focus on aircraft corrosion and multimetal primers. U.S. Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Defense Appropriations committee instrumental in securing funds to support this research, joined Elinor CEO Holly Anderson and CTO Dante Battocchi on stage at 1 Million Cups to announce the contract.

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Europe’s Tallest Building Gets Powder Coatings from AkzoNobel

Europe’s soon to be new tallest building stands at over 1,000 feet (310 meters) tall and will dominate the skyline of the Polish capital with a shiny powder coat from AkzoNobel.

The Varso Tower features a sleek black exterior which has been created by using the AkzoNobel’s Interpon D2525 super durable topcoat on the cladding and profiles in a striking Noir Sablé shade, while the Interpon Redox Plus primer provides a super tough core.

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Webinar Discusses Reducing Cleaning Costs by 35%

Products Finishing will present a webinar on Jan. 28 that covers the fundamentals of industrial cleaning, basic components of an industrial cleaner and roles of those components.

Mike Valenti, product manager for cleaner and nonferrous surface preparation at Hubbard-Hall, will be the presenter of the webinar, which explains the economics that determine the optimal disposal point of a cleaner bath. Additionally, it will cover the production and quality risks associated with the traditional saturate, dump and dispose cleaner practice.

Primary topics of the webinar include:

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