Thin coatings for paper by foam coating

Karita Kinnunen-Raudaskoski, Tuomo Hjelt, Eija Kenttä, Ulla Forsström

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Abstract

The future of paper products is predicted to lie in intelligent and functional paper properties. These properties are achieved by using coating materials, which are usually very expensive, but the amount needed is also very small. The application of these small amounts requires a new type of coating method; conventional coating methods used in the industry today are not capable of providing ultrathin layers. In this study we introduce foam coating, a technology widely used in the textile and nonwovens industries. Foam coating technology offers a unique opportunity to apply coating on the web surface thinly enough to be economically viable. Our pilot-scale studies show that a thin coating of nanomaterial at a thickness of 1 µm or less and coat weight of 0.3-2.0 g/m2 is enough to change paper surface properties and enable the functionalization of the paper surface. This report describes the applicability of the curtain-like foam coating technology in unmodified cellulose nanofiber (CNF) applications. Application: Foam coating technology offers a unique opportunity to apply coating on the web surface thinly enough to be economically viable. The method is suitable for nanomaterial applications (e.g., cellulose nanofibers) onto fiber-based substrates.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-19
Number of pages11
JournalTappi Journal
Volume13
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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Keywords

  • coating
  • thin coating

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