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Huntsman Advanced Materials and Haydale Develop Graphene Enhanced ARALDITE® Resins for Composite Applications

Published on 2016-03-10. Author : SpecialChem

Huntsman Advanced Materials, one of the leading global manufacturers of epoxy, acrylic and polyurethane based polymer products is delivering significant step change in the market for nano-composites through its recent collaboration with Haydale Composite Solutions Ltd (HCS), one of the leaders in the development of enhanced graphene and nano particulate materials.

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Fig. 1: Huntsman and Haydale Co-develop Graphene Enhanced ARALDITE® Resins

Huntsman's ARALDITE® resins are being enhanced using Haydale’s expertise in the functionalization of Graphene Nano Platelets (GNP’S) and other nano materials to create highly loaded master batches and to improve thermal / electrical conductivity and mechanical performance. The ultimate objective of the collaboration will be to commercialize graphene enhanced ARALDITE® resins for a range of applications in the composites market.

Dr David Hatrick, European Technology Director at Huntsman Advanced Materials, commented: "We are making good progress in the initial stages of our collaborative development with Haydale and have been impressed with the improvements delivered in thermal and electrical conductivity in particular. This work is the platform for development of a range of new graphene enhanced ARALDITE® resins which will be targeted at the industrial composites, automotive and aerospace markets.

“The next stage of development will focus on demonstration of these resins in carbon fiber composites manufactured with a range of typical processes used by our end customers. In parallel, we look forward to extending our relationship further with Haydale to maximize the commercial potential of this exciting new technology".

Gerry Boyce, Managing Director of HCS, said: "We are very pleased and excited with the major improvements in the electrical, thermal and mechanical performance of functionalized graphene enhanced ARALDITE® resins and look forward to seeing how these improvements manifest themselves in the resulting composite materials and applications. We believe we are at the forefront of a whole new nano-composites age and look forward to commercializing this technology in conjunction with Huntsman Advanced Materials."

About Huntsman

Huntsman Corporation is a publicly traded manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals with 2015 revenues of approximately $10 billion. Its chemical products number in the thousands and are sold worldwide to manufacturers serving a broad and diverse range of consumer and industrial end markets. It operates more than 100 manufacturing and R&D facilities in approximately 30 countries and employs approximately 15,000 associates within our 5 distinct business divisions. The company’s unique portfolio includes a broad range of epoxy resins and formulated systems which appeal to companies working in challenging markets who want to be at the forefront of innovation and product development.

About Haydale PLC and Haydale Composite Solutions Ltd

Haydale Composite Solutions Ltd is based in Loughborough UK and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Haydale Graphene Industries PLC. ( HGI ). HGI has developed a patented and proprietary scalable plasma process to functionalize graphene and other nanomaterials enabling them to be dispersed efficiently into liquid resins to form concentrated masterbatches which can then be diluted down into formulated resins designed to meet a specific electrical, mechanical, thermal and physical property performances.

Source: Huntsman
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