NTU scientists develop special anti-rust coating for metals
SINGAPORE: Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have developed a special anti-rust coating for metals. The self-healing, anti-corrosion coat contains microscopic capsules containing chemicals highly reactive to water. When the coating is scratched, the micro-capsules break and release the chemicals. The chemicals react with water or moisture to form a plastic-like sealant over the scratch, preventing corrosion. The anti-rust coat project is the result of six months of work. It was developed by a team led by Assistant Professor Yang Jinglei, from the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. While the project is still at an early stage, Professor Yang hopes the anti-rust coat will be especially beneficial to the shipping industry, which experiences high costs from corrosion damage.