Objectives and content
The primary objective of the proposed project is to develop a new generation of surfactants that alone can be used in the emulsion polymerisation process for the production of latex components for water borne coatings. Knowledge regarding the molecular characteristics required for this new generation of surfactants will be used to optimise the emulsion polymerisation process for cost effective production, e.g. by better control of foaming. The project is expected to lead to a new generation of water borne paints and varnishes that have higher gloss, better moisture resistance, and more environmentally benign characteristics than those in present use Hence, the project fits into area 2 (materials and technologies for product innovation) of the workprogramme.
The project involves (i) synthesis and characterisation of new surfactants (ii) characterisation of their physico-chemical and surface-chemical properties, (iii) latex synthesis and characterisation using the new surfactants, (iv) formulation of coatings and evaluation of film properties, and (v) evaluation of feasibility and techno-economical aspects of the final products. The consortium formed to undertake the project is highly complementary and includes surfactant producers, latex producer and coatings producer, working with two research institutes that provide expertise in polymerisation technology and surface chemistry, respectively.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
444 85 Stenungsund
114 86 Stockholm