10/14/21: Ara’s collaboration paper is published. Congrats!

Epoxy Resin-Encapsulated Polymer Microparticles for Room-Temperature Cold Sprayable Coatings

ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2021, 13, 42, 50358–50367

We designed and synthesized epoxy-encapsulated microparticles with core–shell structures via suspension polymerization to enable high-efficiency, room-temperature cold spray processing. The soft core of the microparticles was comprised of a thermoset resin, diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA), which was optionally blended with the thermoplastic, poly(butyl acrylate); the protective shell was formed using polyurea. The composition, morphology, and thermal behavior of the microparticles were investigated. An inverse relationship between deposition efficiency and particle size was demonstrated by varying the surfactant concentration that was used during particle synthesis. We also determined that the microparticles that had pure resin as the core had the lowest viscosity, exhibited a decrease in the critical impact velocity required for adhesion, had the best flowability, and yielded a dramatic increase in deposition efficiency (56%). We have demonstrated that our in-house synthesized particles can form homogeneous, smooth, and fully coalesced coatings using room-temperature cold spray.