Waterborne acrylic-casein latexes as eco-friendly binders for coatings
A work conducted by international researchers describes the synthesis of hybrid acrylic-casein latexes by emulsion polymerisation of acrylic monomers in presence of varied casein concentration, and in absence of emulsifier which is usually a challenge for preparing stable nanocomposite latexes.
Good alternative as eco-friendly binders
The production and microstructure characterisation of the casein-acrylic nanoparticles, as well as the properties of the films obtained from the hybrid latexes are here reported. The synthesised acrylic-casein latexes are able to form films with promising properties for a potential application as waterborne bio-based coatings.
The study is published in: Progress in Organic Coatings, Volume 88, November 2015, Pages 8–16