Nanocomposite Latex Systems - Coatings Designing nanocomposite latex systems and incorporating nanostructured particles with different functionalities give extended functionality and protection to coatings.
With this approach you get:
- Improved properties of anti(bio)fouling
- Reduced dirt pick-up
- Reduced staining
- Improved scratch resistance
- Improved UV protection
Nanostructured latex binders are also developed in the EU-sponsored project "Nanostructured waterborne films with outstanding properties" NAPOLEON. The aim is to produce nanocomposites, which are at a maximum 50 nm in size. It is expected that the domains within the composites will be preserved during film formation.
Also, as a consequence of the small size of the particles they will be better packed resulting in less voids and hence stronger films. Smaller sized particles will also lead to a better polymer inter-diffusion and particle coalescence and that without the need of introducing film-forming aids.