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Paint materials and sustainability thoughts

Thursday, 18 October 2012 | Posted by: Prof. Rigoberto Advincula, Case Western Reserve University

There is a move towards using sustainable materials based on renewable resources or biofeedstocks. I echo Tony Mash's post.

The movement for replacing petroleum based feedstocks to bio-based feedstocks is of interest not because of the cost-factor or rising oil prices but a genuine desire to find sustainable materials. By definition, "sustainable materials are materials from renewable sources that can be produced at high volumes without adversely affecting the environment or critical ecologies."  In many research centers in the US or as a growing research field, there is a goal to expand the scope of practically useful materials based on scientific research and engineering development with a goal towards commercial applications. Polymers fulfill an important role in this direction. There is high for research, development, and commercialization of such materials based primarily on biobased feedstocks. But also, there is interest in direct carbonization of plants to building and manufactured materials were the process of converting petroleum to monomers, polymerization, and engineering of plastics or composites is entirely skipped. This save a tremendous amount of energy and cost! Now, how can sustainability be applied to coatings: 1) replace monomers or polymer binders with bio-based feedstocks, 2) possibility of using direct carbonized materials or low-energy cost additives, 3) ensure durable coatings with low maintenance (not necessarily smart for business-sense), 4) multi-functional coatings that replaces several layers of applications, 5) low energy production and maintenance coatings. These are truly smart and energy efficient coatings.

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