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Differentiate your products and discover new product possibilities with functionalized surfaces designed to your specifications. Battelle is bringing innovative action to the science of surfaces, coatings and interfaces to solve your most challenging product problems.

Battelle’s Surface Science is an engineering and development service focused on providing novel solutions to improve product performance and make entirely new products possible.


A functionalized surface is a surface or coating that has been engineered to interact with its environment in response to defined triggers. Functionalized surfaces can be developed to address needs for medical, commercial and industrial applications.

A few examples include:

  • An antimicrobial surface that uses nanostructures to prevent bacterial adhesion
  • A conductive coating that provides heat when electricity is applied
  • A food-safe adhesive for package closure that sticks only to itself
  • A fabric coating for lab and industrial workers that neutralizes toxins and carcinogens
  • A stain-repellant laundry additive that won't wash out in the rinse

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  • Unmatched experience with non-traditional surface interfaces and unusual surface interactions
  • Expertise across a broad range of disciplines and industries
  • A focus on commercial viability and market needs

Our teams are focused on developing products for commercialization. We understand market needs and manufacturing realities and can work with you at all stages of development. We use a proven, systematic, phased development process to accelerate development timelines and ensure that the final results fully meet your requirements.


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  • Accelerate development timelines
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  • Create unique products that stand out from the competition

Battelle’s HeatCoat™ Anti-Icing Technology for Drones Passes Key Milestone in Wind Tunnel Testing

Feb 19, 2016, 16:37 PM
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Feb. 19, 2015)—While most of the country was trying to avoid ice, wind and cold, Battelle researchers were seeking it out to test a new in-flight ice protection system for unmanned aerial vehicles, and ultimately other aircraft.
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Date : Feb 19, 2015, 00:00 AM

Success at a leading test facility means unique carbon nanotube coating now ready for flight demonstration phase

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Feb. 19, 2015)—While most of the country was trying to avoid ice, wind and cold, Battelle researchers were seeking it out to test a new in-flight ice protection system for unmanned aerial vehicles, and ultimately other aircraft.

Battelle’s HeatCoatTM technology was integrated with representative wing and engine inlet test articles, and then placed into a leading aircraft manufacturer’s research aero-icing tunnel, a chamber designed to generate the icing conditions encountered during flight. Temperatures were as low as -22 degrees Fahrenheit with air speeds up to 182 Knots. After four days of demonstration and testing, the results showcased HeatCoat’s ability to perform anti-icing and de-icing functions successfully.

Battelle’s ice protection technology utilizes a carbon nanotube coating that can be sprayed onto an aircraft surface much like paint, creating a heated area when power is applied. An intelligent controller monitors the heater performance and applies only the power levels required for the flight conditions. This method is lighter than traditional ice protection systems, can operate on less power, has no moving parts, and can be retrofitted to existing assets.

“Battelle has made a long term investment in this technology because we think it is so promising,” said Ron Gorenflo HeatCoat Systems Product Manager. “Our recent tests validated improvements we’ve made and prove that we are ready to go from a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 on to a TRL 7 once we identify a key partner to help complete the next step of this process.”

Battelle’s product is radically different from other ice protection systems, such as bleed air (heating the surface with hot engine air), pneumatic boots (inflating rubber boots to break ice from the surface) or weeping wings (releasing toxic antifreeze fluid from the wing). These more traditional solutions can be too complex, too heavy or draw too much power to be effective, especially on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which have limited payload and power capacities.

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The program started in January 2010, when Battelle scientists completed an internally-funded research and development project in which they conducted initial feasibility tests of the coating in an icing tunnel at conditions found in FAA Regulation 25 Appendix C, “Flight Into Known Icing Conditions.” Success there led to the conclusion that a carbon nanotube-based coating was a potentially transformative technology—one that could provide an affordable, durable, lightweight ice protection solution for any aerial platform that needs it.

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Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit 

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