Last month saw the first production-scale trial of compounding a nanocomposite using specially treated halloysite clay nanotubes.

Last month saw the first production-scale trial of compounding a nanocomposite using specially treated halloysite clay nanotubes. This naturally occurring aluminosilicate is said to add strength, stiffness, and heat resistance without sacrificing ductility and with little increase in weight. NaturalNano, Inc., Rochester, N.Y., aims to launch commercial nanotube masterbatches by mid-year and to introduce a Pleximer line of ready-to-use nano-compounds in the fourth quarter. The company will also make its compounding technology available through licensing and joint-development programs. A key advantage over traditional nanoclays is that halloysite nanotubes do not need exfoliation, which involves separating thin layers of nanoclay (like peeling an onion) with chemicals and other processing steps. Incomplete exfoliation can result in non-uniform properties and weak spots in a nanocomposite. The recent trial reportedly demonstrated good processability of the nanotubes and confirmed the property enhancements they afford. NaturalNano has technology for inserting extended-release ingredients such as fragrances within the tubes and for metalizing nanotubes for use in electronics. Tel: (585) 214-8172 . www.naturalnano.com

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