New Non-Toxic Coating Can Halt Fire From Spreading


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Here's today's feel-good story:

Lava, one of the hottest substances on earth, has given inspiration to a new fire-retardant coating technology that can save buildings from being engulfed in flames.

Researchers led by University of Southern Queensland chemical engineer and Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Professor Pingan Song, developed a non-toxic coating that can prevent damage from fire.

“Melton lava is like a viscous flowing liquid but non-flammable,” Professor Song said. "Once cooled, it solidifies to become a ceramic layer that does not support fire. Inspired by this interesting phenomenon, we designed a fire retardant coating that can create a non-combustible ceramic layer which can offer fire protections for the underlying substrates, just like a fire shield.”

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