Surface Energy:  An Applied Experimental Design for Novel UV-Curable Coatings

Aseel A. Mahmood, Lipscomb University

Abstract: This paper presents a novel formulation screening methodology (FoSM) to predict surface properties of UV-curable coatings. The van Oss-Chaudhury-Good (OCG) thermodynamic approach determines the surface free energy, based in part on the contact angle. Cassie’s Equation relates the contact angle to the composition of the surface. By combining the data obtained via the OCG approach and Cassie’s Equation, coatings scientists now have a predictive high-throughput experimental design methodology for new product development.