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Watching paint dry; more exciting than it seems

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With an ever-increasing demand for sustainable alternatives to solvent-borne coatings and paints, the pressure to develop aqueous alternatives that match or exceed the performance of their traditional counterparts rises. A crucial step in this sustainability challenge for the years to come is to arrive at a deep, and complete, understanding of how aqueous paints dry and form their final protective films. As it turns out, this is no minor challenge. Yet, understanding drying and film formation is a prototypical soft matter problem at heart, displaying a rich variety of complex non-equilibrium phenomena that are waiting to be understood. Watching paint dry is far from the boring activity the saying suggests.

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The article was received on 18 Jun 2015, accepted on 16 Jul 2015 and first published on 16 Jul 2015

Article type: Highlight
DOI: 10.1039/C5SM01505G
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Soft Matter, 2015,11, 6353-6359

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    Watching paint dry; more exciting than it seems

    H. M. van der Kooij and J. Sprakel, Soft Matter, 2015, 11, 6353
    DOI: 10.1039/C5SM01505G

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