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The addition of organo-modified silica particles (OSP) to organic monolayer coatings has been investi-gated as an alternative to the use of primers or surface pretreatments in galvanised steel substrates. Acommercial additive consisting of trifunctional organosilane (alkyl-triethoxysilane) grafted on silica par-ticles was directly incorporated at different concentrations (1, 2.5, 3.5 and 4.5 wt%) as an integral additivein a polyester powder coating. The OSP were characterised physicochemically by means of FTIR and TGA,and the coating formulated by DSC. The anticorrosive properties of the systems were evaluated by meansof electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), showing improvements with all the formulations con-taining the OSP, especially in the coating with 2.5% OSP. In order to explain this behaviour, morphological(using SEM) and adhesion studies were done. The formation of agglomerates in the powder coatings wasdetected when the concentration was over 2.5%. There was an improvement in the adhesion of the coat-ing to the substrate for all the samples containing the OSP but especially for that containing 2.5%. Theimpact resistance was increased too, especially in the formulations with 2.5% and 3.5%.