8 Chemical and Morphological Characterization

In Chapter 7 we dealt with several physical–chemical aspects. In this chapter, we discuss the usual characterization methods for coating materials and coatings. These methods can be distinguished in chemical, morphological (this chapter), thermomechanical (Chapter 9), and rheological characterization (Chapter 10). Up front we have to state that any in‐depth discussion is out of the question. The purpose of the present chapter is therefore, even more so then for Chapter 7, to make readers aware of the possibilities of generally available techniques and of a few less well‐known (and possible less available) techniques that are nevertheless rather useful. Although written with bulk polymers ...

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