Principal Scientist – Coatings
Dr. Richard Abbott has 20 years of experience working with carbon black in a variety of liquid systems. He has been based at the Birla Carbon Headquarters and Technical Center since 2003, transferring from the European Central lab based in Avonmouth. His completed his undergraduate studies at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, before moving North of the border to Dundee where he Completed a MSc and Ph.D. His current role is in specialty product development, where he is responsible both for developing new carbon blacks and leveraging existing products into new and different applications, with a primary focus on the coatings segment.
Have you ever struggled to maximise the performance of a carbon black? An innovative approach to the selection, dispersion and optimization of carbon black pigments is presented. The so called ‘Performance Triangle” demonstrates that the ultimate performance of any carbon black, indeed any pigment, is a balance of three properties, the pigment selection, the dispersion process (or energy) and the overall formulation compatibility. Taking each factor individually we explain the relative performance that they bring to the mix. It is only through understanding the real performance requirements for a particular application that a full and simultaneous optimization of these three factors can be carried out to achieve the best performance at any given cost.