Use of NIR spectroscopy in the production of modified industrial resins

M. Blanco, V. Villaescusa

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Natural resins are scarcely used, but after appropriate modification processes they acquire characteristics of viscosity, point of softening, stability, etc. that facilitate their application in fields such as paintings, varnishes, cosmetic, etc. The complexity of resins makes it very difficult to monitor the reactions involved in their modification, the extent of which is usually determined via more experimentally accessible parameters. However, the methods typically used to determine such parameters are slow and produce environmentally unfriendly waste. In this work, we assessed the potential of NIR spectroscopy, as an alternative to the traditional analytical methods, for monitoring the industrial processes involved in the production of modified resins. To this end, we developed PLS calibration models that were used to quantify physical (viscosity and cloud point) and chemical parameters (acid and hydroxyl numbers), with a view to characterize the evolution of the resins during the reaction that take place throughout the fabrication process. Samples were withdrawn at different times stages of the process for analysis with the proposed quantitation models; the data thus obtained were compared with those provided by reference methods. Based on the results, NIR spectroscopy is an effective choice for the accurate, expeditious monitoring of industrial resin modification processes. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1333-1338
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2007


  • Load control
  • Natural resins modification
  • Near infrared spectroscopy
  • Physico-chemical properties
  • PLS calibration


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