EIS and in situ AFM study of barrier property and stability of waterborne and solventborne clear coats
2014 (English)In: Progress in organic coatings, ISSN 0300-9440, Vol. 77, no 3, 600-608 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Various processes can occur when paints are in contact with moisture, such as ingress of water and aggressive ions into the coating. As a consequence, the microstructure and properties of the paints can be affected. The present study combines electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and in situ atomic force microscopy (AFM) to investigate the barrier property of waterborne and solventborne coatings on mild steel, paying particular attention to the occurrences in the first 24 h after contact between the coating surface and electrolyte. The sequential in situ AFM images revealed that changes on the order of hundreds of nanometres at the coating surface have occurred shortly after the exposure to the electrolytes. EIS observations for the clear waterborne alkyd coating revealed a rise in the |Z|0.015Hz and a decrease in the coating capacitance after a few hours of exposure. Evidences that water uptake caused swelling of the coating and promoted the closure/blockage of pores were given by means of in situ AFM. The solventborne alkyd emulsion has demonstrated lower reactivity to the presence of the electrolyte and a correlation between the coating resistance and defects/pores evolution is suggested.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 77, no 3, 600-608 p.
AFM, EIS, Organic coatings, Topography
Other Chemistry Topics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-142340DOI: 10.1016/j.porgcoat.2013.11.024ISI: 000331919800006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84893418431OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-142340DiVA: diva2:699711
FunderEU, European Research Council
QC 201402282014-02-282014-02-282015-10-13Bibliographically approved