The Universal Selection Source: Polymer Additives

How to select raw materials smarter and faster for your Plastics formulations? Renowned experts in the field have designed these Selection Guides to assist you further in your selection according to your applications. In this section, we also provide you with Technology Profiles, states of the art of the main raw materials used in Polymers formulations.

Technology Profile

Selecting Plasticizers for Polymers

By Paul Daniels

Plasticizers are the most common additives used in the plastic industry. Learn how to select the right plasticizer from the main chemical classes of plasticizers: phthalates, benzoates, adipates etc. Read on and explore more about plasticizers, different plasticization methods, various chemical types, their applications, benefits, limitations, regulatory updates & more.

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Selection Guide

Antiblock Agents Selection

By Paul Seemuth

Blocking is a very common problem that occurs when adhesion develops between two smooth layers of film placed in contact with each other. Adding antiblock agents / anti-slip agents resolve this by forming barriers between surface layers and modifying frictional properties of the surface. This selection guide will uncover the role of antiblock agents in polymers, their types and would assist you in selecting the right antiblock agent for PVC, elastomers, films and rubbers. Read on to know more!

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Selection Guide

Lubricants

By Paul Seemuth

Lubricants as additives for polymers assist the movement of one object passing another object. Lubricants for polymers can be liquids, solids or gases. Their primary role is to reduce friction, minimize wear and prevent overheating of parts. This selection guide will familiarize you with the different types of lubricants and properties. It would also help you select the right lubricant for your choice of polymer. Read on and know more!

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Selection Guide

PP Nucleating Agents & Clarifiers Selection

By Dr Philip Jacoby

Polypropylene is a widely used polymer employed in diverse applications. Its versatility is due to the excellent combination of properties it offers. These properties are further improved by the addition of nucleating agents. Nucleating agents as additives assist in crystallization of PP during processing, thus enhancing the already acquired properties. A variety of nucleating agents and clarifiers are used for this purpose. This selection guide will help you get accustomed to the different nucleating agents & clarifiers and factors that impact their performance. Also, this guide will help you select the right nucleating agent for your polypropylene.

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Selection Guide

Impact Modifiers Selection

By SpecialChem

Impact modifiers are added to plastic compounded materials to improve durability and toughness of a variety of plastic resins. This guide will provide a comprehensive review of important aspects related to impact modification and their chemistries. It will help you understand how to improve the impact strength of engineering plastics used in demanding applications while retaining the cost/performance balance.

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Selection Guide

High Heat Additives Selection

By Mark DeMeuse

Additives used with commodity polymers cannot give the best results with high temperature polymers. This is because of the lack of high temperature stability of these traditional additives. This fact has led to the development of specific additives that can be used with high temperature polymers. This guide will review the three main high heat additives: antioxidants, flame retardants and processing aids used with high heat polymers. Read on and uncover the features they offer in several high temperature polymers.

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Selection Guide

Selection of Antistatic Agents for Polymers

By Paul Seemuth

Anti-static agents are used to either manage static charges during various stages of processing or to provide long-term static protection based on end-use applications. This guide will provide a comprehensive review of important aspects related to antistats and their chemistries. It also features a 'must-read' section dedicated to factors that influence selection of anti-static agents including their compatibility with various polymers like polyolefins, polyesters, polyamides, fluoropolymers, and more.

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Selection Guide

PVC Heat Stabilizers Selection

By George A. Thacker

Review factors that you should consider when selecting heat stabilizers for PVC. This guide will detail the various group or class of heat stabilizers, and how to choose a specific stabilizer once you know the chemistry that fits your need.

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Selection Guide

Flame Retardants

By SpecialChem

This techno brief incorporates almost every detail about the world of flame retardants used with polymers. Here you will find about the different flame retardant technologies, their mode of action, differences between additive and reactive flame retardants, chemical description of each category of flame retardant,their benefits, limitations, compatibility with different polymers and end market applications.

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Selection Guide

Select Antioxidant Stabilizers for Polyethylene

By Pascal Xanthopoulos

Find out the basics of antioxidant stabilizers used in polyethylene in this selection guide. It would help you select the ideal AO stabilizers should you work with polyethylenes. Mentioned for you are production process of polyethylenes, viscosity of polyethylenes, antioxidant stabilizers for high density polyethylene (HDPE), Linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) processing stability of HDPE, long term thermal stability of HDPE, Starting point formulations for different HDPE & LLDPE grades and much more.

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Tutorial

Fire Test: How to Succeed When Going Into New Applications

Instead of giving up when your plastic fails automotive, E&E, mass transport...fire tests, learn how to best select your flame retardants based on required thermal stress & fire parameters.

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