Multilayering of conventional latex-based dispersion coatings containing small amounts of silica nanospheres: Runnability on a pilot scale flexographic coater and barrier performance, TAPPI Journal November 2023

 


Application: This study presents a novel way for creating barrier dispersion coatings and applying them onto paper-based substrates. By utilizing nanomaterials and multilayering, it is possible to create low grammage coatings with high water and moisture barriers. As similar approach could be used for development of oxygen and carbon dioxide barriers.

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Author: Beko Mesic and James H. Johnston
Multilayering of conventional latex-based dispersion coating
ABSTRACT: The addition of functional coatings to packaging materials is a key requirement for increasing their performance and creating innovative packaging solutions. Flexography, a cost-effective printing method commonly used to print information and graphics directly onto a wide variety of packaging substrates, shows good potential for applying functional coatings. In this study, conventional clay-latex coating formulations containing approximately 1.3 wt% silica nanospheres were applied to a linerboard using a pilot scale flexographic printing web press. The performance of multilayered silica nanosphere-based coatings was compared with conventional coatings containing talc and/or wax dispersion in terms of coating grammage, runnability, and barrier performance. Coating grammage increased with an increased number of coating layers and a significant decrease in both the water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) and the direct water uptake of water (Cobb 120 wettability test) was observed for coatings containing silica nanoparticles. In general, the silica nanosphere-based coatings performed better than talc-based coatings. Talc/wax-based coatings had the highest variation in surface roughness due to an uneven distribution and variations of coating layers.
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