Dr. Mike J. Idacavage is an adjunct associate professor at SUNY-ESF in Syracuse, teaching courses on UV and EB curing.
Kerry Pianoforte, Coatings World Editor04.09.15
Coatings World recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Mike J. Idacavage, an adjunct associate professor at SUNY-ESF in Syracuse, NY, who teaches courses on UV and EB curing technology. In this interview, he answers some questions on the basic technology and applications for radiation curable coatings and technology.
Coatings World: Can you describe the basic technology behind radiation curable coatings?
Mike Idacavage: The technology behind radiation curable coatings can be thought of as changing the way a coating is cured. In radiation curable coatings, UV energy, visible light, or low energy electrons (EB) are used to form a coating, film or ink as opposed to thermal, evaporative, or oxidative (air-dry) cure. Another way to think of this technology when it comes to coatings is that we are now using light instead of heat (ovens) to solidify the liquid coatings formulations to the desired solid coatings required for many applications. Of course, to make this
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