Handbook of Surface Improvement and Modification contains information on several groups of additives and the modification processes which determine the surface properties of many materials. These additives can modify or improve scratch and mar resistance, improve gloss or flatten the surface, increase or decrease tack and inhibit staining. The mechanisms of damage, protection and property improvements are also discussed, making this an essential handbook for engineers, researchers and technicians interested in using additives to modify and improve the surface properties of materials. A companion book entitled Databook of Surface Modification Additives has also been published. It contains information and data on the additives commercially available to improve materials by the above-listed modifications. Both books do not repeat information. In this book, the focus is on the methods and mechanisms which are known to be responsible for the enhancement of material properties with the use of additives.
- Focuses on the improvement of surface properties, with detailed coverage of the additives used, including the process of selection and examples of application
- Presents the mechanisms of damage, protection and property improvements based on research data
- Aids the user in formulating products that fit specific requirements and applications
1 Introduction 2 Scratch and Mar Resistance 3 Gloss Enhancement 4 Surface Matting (Flattening) 5 Tack-free Surface 6 Tackifiers 7 Surface Tension and Wetting 8 Easy Surface Cleaning and Stain Inhibition 9 Water Repelling (Hydrophobization) 10 Anti-cratering and Leveling 11 The Coefficient of Friction
George Wypych has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering. His professional expertise includes both university teaching (full professor) and research and development. He has published 18 books, 47 scientific papers, and he has obtained 16 patents. He specializes in polymer additives, polymer processing and formulation, material durability and the development of sealants and coatings.