Semblant MobileShield™ Technology Selected as 2016 R&D 100 Awards Finalist

Semblant MobileShield™ Technology Selected as 2016 R&D 100 Awards Finalist

Patented nanocoating solutions designed to “life-proof” electronic devices, using green technology to drive sustainability—the culture of repair, recycling, and reuse.

 Scotts Valley, Calif. – Aug. 30, 2016 – Semblant, the market leader in protective nanocoatings and liquid damage protection for electronic devices, today announced that its patented MobileShield™ waterproofing technology has been named a finalist in this year’s R&D 100 Awards. For more than 50 years, the prestigious R&D 100 Awards have recognized the most significant technology inventions of the past year, including special recognition for market disruptor products and excellence in green technology.


“R&D 100’s recognition of our MobileShield nanotechnology is continued evidence that our solution is changing the game in electronic waterproofing,” said Simon McElrea, CEO of Semblant. “We are able do what no one else does today: apply a simple, invisible, environmentally friendly nanocoating onto any electronic product surface at exceptionally high manufacturing volume that not only protects against all forms of liquid damage, but uses a green-tech approach that protects the consumer, and allows our electronic devices to be repaired, recycled and reused for years—not thrown away.”


Backed by a strong patent portfolio, Semblant’s MobileShield technology is the only waterproofing solution on the market that was invented to meet not just the technical, but the business and environmental requirements of smartphone companies. The coatings protect the devices from a wide range of harmful substances that go well beyond waterproofing, such as corrosion, sweat, dust, rainfall, humidity, exhaust fumes, beer and champagne, among many others. In addition, however, the nanocoatings are designed to allow components of the phone to be replaced, and for the phones themselves to be recycled or reused for a long lifetime, unlike other waterproof coatings that essentially “glue the phones shut”—not only an environmentally unfriendly solution, but a business-model and economic-value killer.


Semblant technology, proven in ultra-high-volume manufacturing capacity, with over 1 million units/day currently in production, offers multiple environmental advantages over other waterproofing technologies. MobileShield nanocoatings do not use off-the-shelf chemicals or long-chain fluoropolymers that contain PFOA and PFOS, known toxicants and carcinogens that persist indefinitely in the environment. Semblant’s green process solutions—which use nontoxic precursor materials to create complex and unique nanopolymer shield layers—protect factories and factory workers, the environment and the consumer. The company is committed to reducing waste through the reuse and repair of electronics; according to IBIS’ 2015 Cell Phone Recycling market research report, recycling phones is a $742M business in the U.S. alone—and carriers have now taken notice.

This year’s R&D 100 Award winners will be announced at the annual awards dinner on Nov. 3, 2016 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, Oxon Hill, Maryland (Washington, D.C.).


You can view Videos of Semblant’s MobileShield technology in action as it protects a smartphone against water ingress, and another smartphone resisting against corrosion from nitric acid.


About Semblant
Semblant is the global leader in innovating and deploying protective nanomaterials in the electronics industry. The company’s unique Nano-Shield™ nanotechnology solutions, backed by a broad range of fundamental patents, have been designed specifically to protect electronic devices from liquid ingress, corrosion and many other forms of damage. This saves the industry billions of dollars each year in return and repair costs. Semblant’s nanocoatings are also environmentally friendly and release no hazardous materials in the manufacturing process. The company provides solutions to the mobile phone, wearable, enterprise computing, network infrastructure, medical device, automotive and space/military/aerospace markets, as well as the printed circuit board and semiconductor/semiconductor packaging industries. For more information, visit us at



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