- Development and characterization of fluorine-free oleophobic films for application in Home Care
Development and characterization of fluorine-free oleophobic films for application in Home Care
Identify the potential systems for replacing expensive and environmentally challenging fluorinated materials with films comprised of low-surface energy component that could deliver certain levels of oleophobicity.
Originality and innovative aspects: When consumers clean household surfaces they expect cleansers to remove visible soil and leave the surface with an attractive clean and shiny appearance. However, they also want to achieve these results with a minimum of effort. The intention for reducing both the effort and energy for cleaning oily stains has been driving the interest in identifying a feasible way for delivering oleophobic surfaces that match or get closer to the current fluor-based materials. The challenge is further increased due to the restricted number of materials that could be instrumental in meeting the target. In the framework of this WP novel classes of oleophobic surfaces will be developed.
Methodologies: goniometry; grafting polymeric substances to solid substrates (spin-coated films, Langmuir-Blodgett films); ellipsometry; neutron reflectivity of cast films onto solid substrates for full structural characterization of polymeric materials; test of the efficiency of cleaning the surfaces.
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