Painting a Brighter Future with Chemistry: Innovating with Higher Performing and More Sustainable Pre-composite Polymers

January 11, 2018
Part eleven of the 2017 Industrial Science Series

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Over 750 million gallons of paint is sold in the United States each year and its positive effect in giving new life to architecture can be breathtaking, whether it’s a freshly painted door or a stunning new exterior coat of color to an entire house. One of the chemicals that makes this transformation possible is Titanium Oxide, which has spectacular benefits of opacity and hiding performance. However, it also contributes to a large carbon footprint due to its energy intensive manufacturing process and as well as undesirable byproducts. Join Fellow Jim Bohling and Senior Research Scientist Stan Brownell at Dow Chemical Company for the vibrant science of how they implemented pre-composite polymers to create higher performing and greener architectural house paints. 

What You Will Learn

  • The amazing chemistry and physics in today’s paints and how they differ concerning higher performance characteristics, lower cost, and an improved eco-profile from their predecessors
  • How organic, polymer, analytical and inorganic chemistry was used to develop materials which spontaneously self assemble under industrial conditions facilitating coatings on multimillion pound a year scale
  • How chemistry has enabled continued improvement in coatings performance and significant reductions in emissions, raw materials and energy usage over the past half century and beyond

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