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New low gloss powder coatings based on acrylic solid resins and nanoadditives

Monday, 4 July 2016

A project by research partners from UK and Greece envisages the development of novel, advanced polymer-based raw and composite materials as well as processing and production technologies, towards new families of powder coatings.

New weather-stable low gloss powder coatings based on bifunctional acrylic solid resins and nanoadditives. Source: Nejron/Fotolia.com

New weather-stable low gloss powder coatings based on bifunctional acrylic solid resins and nanoadditives. Source: Nejron/Fotolia.com

In addition to tight European VOC legislation, the growing demand for high performance organic coatings but also improved processing and cost efficiency in formulation development, have and will continue to drive new and innovative developments in this vast industrial area.

Replacing conventional technologies

In this respect, the coatings industry is expected to gain significant technological and financial benefits from (a) replacing conventional with alternative, environmentally friendly technologies (e.g. powder and high solid systems) and (b) adopting recent advances in nanotechnology. Such multilevel strategies can clearly contribute to the much wanted transformation of the traditionally SME-dominated coatings industry by paving the pathway for the knowledge-based conception and production of high-added value, multifunctional materials.

Production of environmentally friendly materials

Aiming to address these challenges, the Glow project envisages the development of novel, advanced polymer-based raw and composite materials as well as processing and production technologies, towards new families of powder coatings, responding at the same time to the industrial requirements for quality improvement at lower cost, production of environmentally friendly materials and shorter development cycles. The project will pursue the generation of multifunctional formulations, based on new bifunctional polymeric binders and new nanoadditives aiming to expand significantly, both in terms of type and final application, the current range of powder coating systems to economically attractive niche markets.

Consortium

The partnership includes 5 partners from 3 European (Greece, Italy, UK) and 1 associated (Israel) countries bridging fundamental research (strengthening the project's scientific foundations) with technological development (integrated technology platform based on material and process development) and product (powder coatings) application.The consortium involves as participants two academic groups: the National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos”, Greece, and the City University of London, UK, and three SME industrial companies: Steel Belt Systems, Italy, Israel Barter Trading, Israel, and Megara Resins, Greece.

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