DRYFOAM – Super-stabilised opaque foam coatings for architectural applications

Project Objective

The DRYFOAM project will aim to develop novel titanium dioxide free opaque architectural coatings, particularly for ceilings and interior walls, based on a foam structure.

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Project Description

The DRYFOAM project involves a novel approach to a serious problem facing the decorative paint industry: namely the shortage of titanium dioxide pigment, its ever-increasing cost and its large contribution to the carbon footprint of the coating. In place of titanium dioxide, these coatings will rely on foaming, as a means of creating air voids of an appropriate size to provide opacity. We will develop stable and tough foam scaffolds in the coating, capable of withstanding normal wear and tear.  To achieve this, new polymer particles, inorganic particles, and hybrid particles will be developed to provide the necessary strong stable foam structures.


The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme managed by REA – Research Executive Agency under grant agreement No: 315040