|Researchers at the University of Warwick's Department of Chemistry have found a way of replacing the soap used to stabilize latex emulsion paints with nanotech sized clay armour that can create a much more hard wearing and fire resistant paint.|
The Lapointe clay discs can be applied using current industrial paint manufacture equipment. They not only provides an alternative to soap but can also be used to make the paint much more hard wearing and fire resistant.
The process devised by the Warwick team can be used to create highly sensitive materials for sensors. The researchers can take closely packed sample of the armoured polymers and heat it to burn away the polymer cores of the armoured particles leaving just a network of nanotech sized connected hollow spheres. This gives a very large useful surface area in a very small space which is an ideal material to use to create compact but highly sensitive sensors. ###
Their research is in a paper enitled "Pickering Miniemulsion Polymerization Using Laponite Clay as a Stabilizer" by Stefan A. F. Bon and Patrick J. Colver and is published as the cover article in Langmuir. The ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids Vol. 23, Issue 16 July 31.
For further information please contact: Dr Stefan Bon Associate Professor of Polymer Chemistry Department of Chemistry. University of Warwick Tel: 024 7657 4009 Email: S.Bon@warwick.ac.uk
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