Chemists are coming up with increasingly unique compounds to base their paint formulas off of. This entry is no exception.

Paint coating made from potato starch is currently being developed by specialists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA.

“With starch as the main component of a water-based dispersion, we now have very promising adhesion results,” Fraunhofer IAP scientist, Christina Gabriel, noted.

“Apart from the already tested aluminum, two other important metals, steel and galvanized steel, are to be tested,” added Gabriel. “Our investigations show that with its good film forming and very good adhesion properties on various materials, starch esters have the potential to be future alternatives to petroleum-based film formers in the coatings industry.”

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