Axalta Presents Research on Improving Automotive Coatings Film Formation

Chemist Shares Findings at American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Francisco

GLEN MILLS, Pa.--()--Dr. Jingguo Shen, Senior Chemist at Axalta Coating Systems, presented research from an international collaboration on coating film formation at the 248th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting and Exposition in San Francisco, California. Dr. Shen’s team includes world-renowned researchers from the U.S., the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry of Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (IMC) and Synpo based in Pardubice, Czech Republic. Leading experts in a variety of chemistry disciplines and polymer science attend this annual meeting.

The group worked to gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental chemical and physical processes that take place during film formation. In particular, the team was interested in uncovering how various solvents impact these processes. This work is intended to allow coating formulators to select a solvent that provides optimal final film properties.

“Solvent plays a crucial role in polyurethane coating formulations, not only by providing necessary solubility to facilitate coating application, but also by influencing the curing kinetics and film vitrification for automotive coatings,” Dr. Shen explains. “Solvent selection and solvent entrapment/release during the coating application and curing processes can affect coating film formation and coating appearance for automobiles.”

One of the key parts of the study involved identifying the factors that influence how quickly a solvent is released, which can affect the final appearance of the coating. This work is expected to benefit customers, as Axalta expects to be able to further optimize and design products to maximize final coating appearance.

“At Axalta, quality and customer needs are the focus of our product research and development initiatives,” says Panos Kordomenos, Axalta’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. “Our products are supported by a deep understanding of science and technology. This collaborative research integrates expertise and knowledge of coatings and polymers from Axalta, IMC and Synpo. It demonstrates Axalta’s commitment to developing better coatings for the automotive industry and, ultimately, for its consumers.”

Further details can be found at:

http://abstracts.acs.org/chem/248nm/program/view.php?obj_id=277898&terms

http://www.acs.org

Axalta is a leading global company focused solely on coatings and providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful and sustainable solutions. From light OEM vehicles, automotive refinish and commercial vehicles to electric motors, buildings and pipelines, our coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enable the materials we coat to last longer. With more than 145 years of experience in the coatings industry, the 12,000 people of Axalta continue to find ways to serve our more than 120,000 customers in 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology. For more information visit axaltacoatingsystems.com and follow us @axalta on twitter.

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Lisa M. Miree-Luke, +1 610-358-2228
Lisa.miree-luke@axaltacs.com
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Axalta Presents Research on Improving Automotive Coatings Film Formation.

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Axalta Coating Systems
Lisa M. Miree-Luke, +1 610-358-2228
Lisa.miree-luke@axaltacs.com
axaltacoatingsystems.com