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Polymer Additives that are Catching up Fast

SpecialChem / Donald Rosato – Aug 18, 2011

To replace halogenated flame retardants, NaturalNano's halloysite clay nanotubes come into play. FRX Polymers proposes its proprietary phosphorous-derived inherently flame-retardant polymer to replace halogen-based flame retardants. AGY's S-1 Glass was created to bridge the cost–performance gap between E-Glass and higher performance S-2 Glass fibers. Milliken's inorganic fibrous minerals have an outstanding balance of impact strength and stiffness while reducing weight by up to 15% versus traditional mineral (talc) filled systems. Lanxess' phthalate-free Mesamoll/Mesamoll II are not di-isononyl cyclohexanedicarboxylate (DINCH) products, that are produced through catalytic hydrogenation of di-isononyl phthalate, but are alkane sulfonic acid esters of phenol. Researchers at the Institute of Polymer Science & Technology in Madrid are developing technology to prevent potentially harmful plasticizers such as DEHP (DOP) from migrating from PVC. Vor-x from the Vorbeck Materials Group, a proprietary form of graphene containing functional groups, is a recent entry into the conductive additives market. StatSil elastomer developed by Momentive Performance Materials incorporates a silver-based antimicrobial additive into the base silicone elastomer.

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