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Here's the latest news from the surface finishing industry, including items on Top Shops, The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) Technical Conference, Gema Powder Coating, Houston Plating & Coatings, TrueLogic Company, LLC's Ellen Sellers and Atotech Group.

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Touchscreens repelling fingerprints, bandages inhibiting infection, home windows cleaning themselves, solar panels converting more sunlight to electricity — Zachary Holman is making ordinary surfaces extraordinary using nanoparticles.

Nanoparticles are microscopic pieces of material that are 1 to 100 nanometers in size (a sheet of paper is 100,000 nanometers thick). They can be applied to a variety of surfaces, allowing everyday objects to take on new properties, such as dirt-repelling and antibacterial behaviors. However, to take advantage of those properties, manufacturers need a way to attach the nanoparticles to those objects.

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Missouri S&T will be hosting short courses in Introduction to Paint Formulation and on Coatings Composition and Properties on their campus in Rolla, Missouri. 

The Introduction to Paint Formulation is an intensive 5-day course held twice each year on the Missouri S&T campus.  The next course is May 20-24.

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Gema, a Graco Inc. company, won the 2019 Besser Lackieren magazine Supplier Award for the product area Powder Application Equipment in a survey conducted by the IMK Institut für angewandte Marketing- und Kommunikationsforschung GmbH.

Participants of the survey were owners/managing directors and paint shop managers of customers based in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. The survey participants assessed their suppliers based on seven criteria:

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