PT ZONE: Nanocomposites

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First Business Accelerator For Solutions To Plastic Pollution

NewGen Surgical is one of the initial businesses in the new Accelerator portfolio, each having developed a "groundbreaking" technology to reduce plastic pollution.

Novel Materials Stretch Process Capabilities

The potential for new or unusual materials to broaden the application potential of standard plastics processes was explored in a number of papers at April’s SPE ANTEC conference in Orlando, Fla.

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.

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.

MATERIALS AT NPE: All Market Sectors Benefit from Large Crop of New Materials

Higher-performance and easier processing PE film resins for packaging, a one-pass crosslinked PE for photovoltaic (PV) wire and cable, several higher-performing nylons and TPEs, “greener” plastics, and enhanced styrenic and PC resins are among the new materials that made their debut at the big show in Orlando, Fla., last month.

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OVERVIEW:
Nanocomposites

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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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