BronzeShield™, a removable protective coating for outdoor bronze monuments and statues created by coatings and materials scientists at the North Dakota State University, will be licensed to Elinor Specialty Coatings, Fargo, N.D., NDSU said.
The agreement gives Elinor exclusive rights to further develop and market the university-developed technology.
Elinor Specialty Coatings
|The NDSU Research Foundation has licensed a removable coatings technology that preserves art and bronze monuments. Dr. Dante Battocchi, research & technical officer of Elinor Specialty Coatings, which licensed the technology, says BronzeShield™ offers advantages over current methods.|
The university noted that bronze monuments around the world, including the Iwo Jima Memorials near Washington, D.C., and Rodin’s Burghers of Calais in France, suffer daily from exposure to pollutants, temperature extremes, rain and snow.
When these works of art are left uncoated or are improperly coated, they can deteriorate, which may result in major restoration costs.
The polymer technology allows the original patina of bronze to remain while protecting the art and architecture from UV radiation, salt, moisture, and vandalism, NDSU said.
“We believe it is a durable, yet maintenance-friendly option for municipalities, museums and historical societies to protect history,” said Dr. Dante Battocchi, research and technical officer of Elinor Specialty Coatings.
The coating is reported to provide glossy or matte finish protection similar to that of clear coats on automobiles, but is removable using a safe liquid coating remover that avoids damage caused by traditional mechanical removal methods, Battocchi said.
Samples of the coating are being shipped to potential clients around the country, including one of the largest bronze workshops in the U.S., NDSU said.
“We are thrilled to see this specialty coatings technology reach the market through Elinor Specialty Coatings,” said Dale Zetocha, executive director of the NDSU Research Foundation, which licenses technologies developed at NDSU. “It represents a great opportunity to commercialize this research.”
More information: www.elinorcorp.com or www.bronzeshield.net.