A presentation on "New Generation of Fluorinated Surfactants" was given by Dr. Bruce E. Baker, ICT Vice President of New Business & Product Development, on Monday, June 6, in St. Petersburg, Florida at the Southern Society of Coatings Technology Conference.
Dr. Baker holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Iowa State University and has thirty years of industrial experience in the field of fluorinated chemistry.
The focus of this presentation was on new generation fluorinated surfactants and their use in a variety of coatings applications.
Fluorosurfactants are the most effective, efficient means known of reducing the surface tension of aqueous coatings systems with typical use rates of 0.01 to 0.05%.
Value provided by Fluorosurfactants in Coatings:
- Improves the substrate wetting capability
- Improves the pigment wetting capability
- Improves the leveling performance
- Imparts anti-blocking properties
- Extends open-time of the coating
- Imparts a measure of oil resistance to the coating
Additional Fluorosurfactant Benefits:
- Reduce foaming
- Reduce VOC content
- Reduce surface defects
- Reduce tackiness and improve the curing of the coating