A model-based solvent selection and design framework for organic coating formulations

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Selection of solvents and calculation of their composition in the final product, is a critical step in coating formulation design. This task can be facilitated by computer-aided methods if the necessary thermodynamic and group contribution property models along with chemical property data are available for the ingredients under consideration. However, these computer-aided procedures must be supplemented and verified by using experimental procedures. Hence, the computer-aided stage can be used to speed-up the solvent selection and design process, efficiently utilize experimental resources and serve as a guide for the formulation chemist.

We present in this work an adaption of the generic Computer-Aided Product Design (CAPD) methodology for organic coating formulations. Herein, the paper discusses a model-based framework developed for the design of solvents for such coatings. The applicability of this framework is tested via a case study wherein, solvents for the dispersion of two specific organic pigments are required to be determined, when acrylic polymers are used as dispersing aids.
Original languageEnglish
Article number105471
JournalProgress in Organic Coatings
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Solvent design
  • Organic coatings
  • Chemical property data
  • Thermodynamic models
  • Computer-aided algorithms


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