For coating formulators, replacing an additive is never easy, and finding alternatives for fluorosurfactants can be particularly challenging. The fluorocarbon chain is both hydrophobic and oleophobic; this gives these fluorosurfactant-based additives some unique properties that are difficult to replace. This webinar will discuss the different chemistries of fluorosurfactants and other additives and how this affects their performance in coatings. Fluorosurfactants are multifunctional and direct one-for-one replacement is rarely possible, but careful selection of additive combinations can achieve comparable performance in different coatings formulations.
Participants of this webinar can expect to learn the following:
- The structural-behavioral effect of surfactants
- How the performance of hydrocarbon- and siloxane-based additives compare to fluorosurfactants
- How to combine additives in an effort to formulate away from fluorosurfactants