A recently patented nanocomposite technology reportedly enhances the mechanical properties of a wide range of commodity and engineering thermoplastics and thermosets.
A recently patented nanocomposite technology reportedly enhances the mechanical properties of a wide range of commodity and engineering thermoplastics and thermosets. Foster Corp., Putnam, Conn., has commercialized this technology under the NanoMed brand. It is aimed primarily at medical devices such as intravascular or balloon-type catheters. The new technology uses nanoclay particles and crosslinking techniques to increase strength, elongation, and flame retardancy. The synergistic effect reportedly results in up to 50% higher flexural modulus while retaining over 50% of the original elongation properties in some polymers. The technology can be applied to PE, PP, PVC, PC, PET, PBT, PES (polyethersulfone), and PEEK. Potential thermoset candidates include polyurethanes and epoxies.