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Well-controlled foam-based solid coatings

Yacine Khidas
Jean-Yvon Faou
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Olivier Pitois


Foam-based solid coatings appear to be a simple solution for giving new properties to solid surfaces. An efficient method is presented for producing open-cell foam coatings having tunable pore radius distribution (i.e. monodisperse within the range 100-1000 µm, bidisperse or fully polydisperse), tunable thickness, and tunable bulk and surface porosities. This is achieved by mixing precursor aqueous foam and particle suspension (here a micrometer-sized polyurethane dispersion), and by spreading with a nozzle the resulting particle-loaded foam on the solid surface to be coated. It is shown that bubble size distribution of the precursor foam can be preserved in the final solid coating. This this highlighted by using monodisperse aqueous foam, for which coatings showed polycrystalline structure, as well as bidisperse or fully polydisperse foams. As a major advantage of our method, bubble size and solid volume fraction are shown to be independent parameters allowing for the size of the microstructural elements to be tuned easily, so are the expected functional properties of the coating. Results obtained with the studied polyurethane dispersion are expected to be reproduced with other dispersions.
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hal-02930194 , version 1 (04-09-2020)



Aymeric Mouquet, Yacine Khidas, Tamar Saison, Jean-Yvon Faou, Olivier Pitois. Well-controlled foam-based solid coatings. Soft Matter, 2019, 15 (25), pp.5084-5093. ⟨10.1039/c9sm00786e⟩. ⟨hal-02930194⟩
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