At Tuesday morning’s session at CTT, Tom Quantrille, Advanced Composite Materials, LLC, presented a paper on the use of silicon carbide single crystals, also known as “whiskers”, for use in the most demanding polymeric coatings. The combination of the very high modulus of these whiskers, their morphology and the novel surface chemistry provides a step change in performance and delivers the toughest, most resilient polymeric coatings possible.