College of Engineering (COE)

Date of Last Revision

2020-05-05 10:42:14


Corrosion Engineering

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020


The project performed utilizes methacrylated cardanol (MACO) and a linseed oil resin to test how different weight percentages of MACO affect coating performance. MACO is synthesized from a phenolic lipid extracted from cashew nut shells, which are a cashew industry waste product. Not only does it utilize a waste product, but being a bio-based reactive diluent means it can replace the use of volatile organic solvents that are harmful to both humans and the environment. Weight percentage samples of 0%, 10%, 20%, 30%, and 40% were used. Coatings were applied using a 6-mil drawn down bar, with samples being prepared for two different tests. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and salt spray testing were utilized to determine which percentages performed the best. Based on the test results and ease of application, the 20 wt% samples performed the best out of all the samples.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Qixin Zhou

First Reader

Kuan-Chen Huang

Second Reader

Dr. Rajeev Gupta

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Hongbo Cong

Final Signature Page.doc (37 kB)
Completed signature page



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.