“On behalf of Arkema Coating Resins and Arkema Fluoropolymers, we would like to thank our colleagues at the University of Minnesota for their excellent work,” Dr. Wenjun Wu, Principle Scientist for Arkema Coating Resins, said at the award presentation. “This paper is valuable both for the knowledge it represents, and as an outstanding example of collaboration between academia and industry.”
The research presented, entitled “Stress Development and Film Formation in Multiphase Composite Latexes,” was a collaboration between the University of Minnesota and Arkema – and was supported by a GOALI grant from the National Science Foundation. It focused on establishing connections between the particle composition, particle morphology and film formation behavior of industrially relevant latex polymers. The researchers explored how a soft core/hard shell particle morphology influences film formation and stress development of latex coatings, and related the results to the end-use performance of practical paint formulations.