Nanocomposites

Nanocomposites are a class of mineral-reinforced plastics that are formulated with relatively small amounts (2-5%) of nanometer-sized clay particles that are said to provide large improvements in mechanical and thermal properties, as well as gas barrier and flame resistance. They also reduce shrinkage and warpage. And all of these benefits are available without significantly raising the density of the compound or reducing light transmission.

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Sub-Micron Additives Make Strides (Just Don’t Say ‘Nano’)

High-surface-area, sub-micron-size additives have been making significant commercial strides in thermoplastic applications, albeit generally later than had been expected just a decade ago.
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PE/PS Interpolymer Modifies Polyolefins To Process Faster, Thinner, Better

Novel hybrid of polyethylene and polystyrene acts as a processing aid for HDPE, LDPE, and PP.
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TESTING: Thermal Analysis Tester Elevates Performance and Efficiency

TA Instruments' new DSC systems have enhanced sensing technologies for thermal analysis of polymers and biomaterials.