Colloid and Polymer Science

, Volume 285, Issue 15, pp 1707–1712 | Cite as

A sorption balance-based method to study the initial drying of dispersion droplets

  • Stefan Erkselius
  • Lars Wadsö
  • Ola J. KarlssonEmail author
Short Communication


The initial drying of dispersion samples with varying geometries and surface areas was continuously recorded in a sorption balance at different temperatures and relative humidities. The samples were applied as small (5–20 mg) droplets on glass. We were able to show a linear dependence of the evaporation rate on the exposed surface area of the samples if the evaporative cooling was taken into account. The method outlined in the present paper facilitates scaling and comparison of results obtained from drying experiments with different-sized dispersion samples.


Sorption balance Drying Dispersions Film formation 



The VINNOVA and the industry-sponsored Centre for Amphiphilic Polymers (CAP) is gratefully acknowledged for financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Erkselius
    • 3
    • 1
  • Lars Wadsö
    • 2
  • Ola J. Karlsson
    • 1
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Polymer Science and EngineeringLund UniversityLundSweden
  2. 2.Department of Building MaterialsLund UniversityLundSweden
  3. 3.AnoxKaldnes ABLundSweden
  4. 4.Department of Physical Chemistry 1Lund UniversityLundSweden

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