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Automotive and Nanocomposites

SpecialChem / Feb 9, 2007

The automotive industry has taken much interest in the nanotechnology revolution attracted by the possibility of significant weight reductions, improved performance, aesthetics and recyclability offered by these materials and is exploring a range of new uses for nanocomposite materials. OEMs and Tier One suppliers, working with academic institutions, such as Michigan State University and the University of Cincinnati, are attempting to discover niche opportunities for these new materials. Nanotechnology is already driving changes throughout this industry at nearly every level involving material, components, and systems. Nearly every car produced in the U.S. is said to contain some nanocomposite material, most typically carbon nanotube in a nylon blend for use the fuel system to protect against static electricity. Hyperion Catalysis now plans to introduce nanotubes into other resins used in auto fuel systems. A new fluoropolymer/nanotube compound is being used to make O-rings for auto fuel connectors.

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