High performance additives and coatings with low environmental impact


Life Sciences

Anzu Investment:

April 2017


World leaders in repellent surfaces


Adaptive Surface Technologies, Inc. (AST) is a Cambridge, MA-based industrial technology company that produces additives and coatings that repel fluids, contaminants, ice, and biological fouling.

Their products can be used for a wide range of consumer, industrial, marine, and medical applications. AST’s mission is to solve our customers’ problems while protecting and improving the environment. The unparalleled performance of AST products comes from our cutting-edge, patented technology. Our durable liquid SLIPS® coatings are 100% smooth and completely non-stick

AST has brought two distinct product groups to market:

  • “Wet”: SLIPS® liquid surface coatings – This novel technology platform has been commercialized as SLIPS® Repel for industrial applications, and as SLIPS® Zero for consumer packaging applications.  Due to their 100% liquid surfaces, these SLIPS® coatings provide unparalleled performance. They have better non-stick properties than Teflon® and are more robust than superhydrophobic surfaces.
  • “Dry”: AST repellent coatings and additives – AST has also developed its own proprietary Surface Active Polymer (SAP) additives, which stratify to the surface and create hydrophilic domains within a hydrophobic matrix. These additives were developed to repel various types of marine biofouling, and have been commercialized as SLIPS® Foul Protect for marine applications.  However, these SAP’s have also shown promising performance in repelling frost and ice for other industrial and aerospace applications.

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