Roland Gong

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Chemical and Paper Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Paul D. Fleming III

Second Advisor

Dr. Margaret Joyce

Third Advisor

Dr. Erika Hrehorova

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only


The printing performance of a coated inkjet paper is significantly influenced by its coating construction. In the coating formulation, the selection of pigment and binder is the most important factors in determining the properties of the coating layer. Small amounts of coating additives also play an essential role in the optimization of the surface and optical properties. The main objective of this study includes two sections. The first section is to evaluate the performance of four polyolefin dispersions as coating additives. In the second section, four mineral pigments have been used as silica replacement to study their performance. Both of sections apply the same silica-based control coating formulation. The coating colors have been coated on base sheets, using a cylindrical laboratory coater. A series of experiments have been designed and performed, including coating runnability, surface properties and printed color. Modern statistical methods have been applied to analysis of these data.

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