It was supposed to be a simple task to design and paint the new coatings for the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture.
But that task is getting more complicated by the day, as the coatings in question have to be re-purposed by scientists, contractors and researchers.
“The process for making coatings has evolved and the technology is not the same as what we used to do,” said J.H. Wilson, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago who has been working on coatings since the late 1990s.
“It’s really hard to design a coat without having to re-create the coat to make sure it is safe.”
Wilson said that the coat-making process has changed from being more “sophisticated” to more like traditional manufacturing.
“The traditional way is you go out and make a piece of material that is chemically stable,” he said.
“But you then have to make it chemically stable, chemically stable and then you have to get it out of the laboratory and put it on to get rid of the chemical bonds, so that you have an accurate model.”
The new coat was designed by a group of scientists led by William M. Johnson, an associate professor of chemical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and the company he co-founded, Kresge Corp., which is part of a new chemical company called Chemical Coatings Inc.
The coating, called AIC-2, is a blend of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.
The chemical structure is a cross between titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and a type of organic chemical known as sulfur, Wilson said.
The coating is also compatible with a wide range of metals.
The scientists, along with the manufacturer, are hoping that coatings made from AIC 2 will help reduce the risks of mold and bacteria, mold, fungus, mold spores and other contaminants that could contaminate the museum’s coatings.
But the coat has been controversial from the beginning.
The chemical industry, which has fought to keep the price of AICs high, has pushed to stop the new coating from being sold in stores and at the Smithsonian.
The company has sued the Smithsonian for $1 billion.
“We’re really trying to do everything we can to get as much transparency and transparency as we can,” Wilson said, noting that the new materials can be resold.
The Smithsonian has made public documents showing that the coating has already been used for decades and the manufacturers say the coating can withstand the temperature extremes of the Smithsonian exhibit.
The coat is now being used to protect some of the museum exhibits, including the National Museum’s exhibits on American history and culture, and it is being used in other parts of the exhibit, such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Wilson said that researchers at the Museum of Science and Industry, which owns the Smithsonian, are also looking at how to use the new technology.
The Smithsonian says the coat can be used to reduce the chances of mold or bacteria growth in certain environments, such to the coat panels in the exhibit or to the panels themselves.
“In certain environments it can be really effective,” Wilson explained.
“Mold is very common.
In museums, it’s very rare.”
The coat is not used to control mold or to protect materials, but is designed to protect them from damage caused by environmental factors, Wilson added.
The company’s coat is available to customers at the National Mall and at museums across the country.
Wilson is encouraging people to go to museums to see the coat in person.
He also says that the Smithsonian is also looking into how to reuse the coating for other purposes, such on glass and other surfaces.
“There are other coatings that can be put on glass, such that you can take a coat of this, put it in the glass and then it will take care of it,” Wilson told ABC News.
“This is just a way to get the coat on glass in the museum.”