Date of Award


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Paper Science and Engineering


A technique has been developed through which micro-compositional and quantitative analysis of paper coatings are possible. The uniqueness of this method lies in its ability to isolate and measure papercoating component distribution for a smaller sample than has been possible in the past. Paper coating characteristics are identifiable by combining common microscopy techniques with infrared spectroscopy. The internal structure of the sheet is preserved during analysis by allowing the paper sample to be embedded using traditional techniques and then sectioned using an ultra-microtome. This analysis procedure is unlike most methods for paper coating analysis and does provide accurate representation of paper coatings in isolated areas of cross-sectional samples.