Bio-inspired waterborne paints

State-of-the-art water borne paints are based on dispersions of insoluble resins in water. These have the required property that they form a hydrophobic film upon drying, but their rheological properties during application are not satisfying.

It is therefore desirable to develop a new class of polymers that can be dissolved in water, but nonetheless forms a cross-linked, hydrophobic film upon drying. In this project, we will take a bio-inspired approach and develop binders for waterborne paints with tunable hydrophilicity and controlled crosslinking.