Chemisorption of polyester coatings on zirconium-based conversion coated multi-metal substrates and their stability in aqueous environment

L. I. Fockaert, S. Pletincx, D. Ganzinga-Jurg, B. Boelen, T. Hauffman, H. Terryn, J. M.C. Mol*

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    Abstract

    In this work, in-situ ATR-FTIR in the Kretschmann configuration is proposed as an interfacial sensitive technique able to probe molecular processes at the buried interface of an industrial relevant polyester primer. Zinc, aluminium and magnesium oxide were used to represent oxides present at galvanized steel sheets used in coil coating. Two competing interactions with polyester resin and melamine-based crosslinker were shown to take place at metal hydroxide sites. This highlights the increased complexity of interfacial phenomena at metal–paint interfaces. Furthermore, in-situ ATR-FTIR was performed in deuterated water (D2O) to study the evolution of interfacial carboxylate bond degradation, without overlap of dominant water signals. For the first time, interfacial bond formation of paints and its degradation in an aqueous environment is studied in-situ. It is shown that the introduction of D2O at the interface initially increases the amount of interfacial carboxylate bonds, whereas upon longer exposure times bond degradation occurs. Significant delay of interfacial bond degradation on hexafluorozirconic acid treated oxides indicate successful stabilization of the metal-polymer interface by zirconium-based conversion coatings. Consequently, in-situ ATR-FTIR is able to demonstrate improved interfacial stability due to zirconium-based treatment in real-time and on a molecular level.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number144771
    Number of pages10
    JournalApplied Surface Science
    Volume508
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Keywords

    • Chemisorption
    • Coil coating
    • In situ ATR-FTIR
    • Metal-polymer interface
    • Polyester primer

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