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TCV has developed technology to overcome the long-standing melt strength deficiency of polypropylene (PP). The paper will detail a way to modify conventional PP resins with zinc salts to achieve performance similar to high melt strength PP. TCV’s global business development manager Anthony Marozsan will present the paper on Feb. 28 at 11:30 a.m.



TCV will exhibit at booth 40, where attendees can learn how additives like Dymalink® coagents enhance plastic formulations with improved tensile strength, heat deflection temperature (HDT) and flexural modulus.



The International Polyolefin Conference takes place Feb. 22 to 25 at the Hilton Houston North in Houston, Texas. It is hosted by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) South Texas Section. For more information and to register for the conference, go to http://www.spe-stx.org.



For more information on Total Cray Valley’s Dymalink coagents for improved polyolefin performance, go to http://www.crayvalley.com/products/dymalink-zinc-acrylate/specialty. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2017-02-20 10:38:00 [updated_at] => 2017-02-20 10:40:37 [last_updated_author] => 142069 [uploaded_by] => 142069 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["240485","238083","242228","235432","240721","243140","240349","241472","244079"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 [contentType] => ContentType Object ( [className] => ContentType [content] => Array ( ) [taxonomy] => Array ( ) [listURL] => [logoUrl] => https: [id] => 2487 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => content_types [tag] => breaking_news [short_tag] => breaking_news [class_name] => [display_view] => [list_view] => [slug] => breaking-news [box_view] => [ignore_flag] => 0 [image_id] => 0 [layout_id] => 0 [formattedTag] => Breaking News ) [viewURL] => /contents/view_breaking-news/2017-02-20/total-cray-valley-to-exhibit-at-polyolefin-conference/ [relatedArticles] => Array ( [0] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 235432 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => DKSH Signs Exclusive Agreement with ICL in Japan [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => dksh-signs-exclusive-agreement-with-icl-in-japan [body] => DKSH Business Unit Performance Materials, a leading Market Expansion Services provider and distributor of specialty chemicals, and ICL (Israel Chemicals Limited) Advanced Additives, a leading global specialty phosphate producer, have signed an exclusive agreement for DKSH to market, sell, distribute and supply ICL’s HALOX corrosion inhibitors product portfolio in Japan.

HALOX corrosion inhibitive pigments provide a high standard of protection without the use of lead and hexavalent chromium compounds. Under the agreement, DKSH will provide marketing, sales, distribution, logistics and after-sales services to ICL for their HALOX flash rust, inorganic and organic corrosion inhibitors and specialty inhibitors, FLASH-X flash rush corrosion inhibitors and HALOX XTAIN tannin stain inhibitors for use in coatings applications. ICL has chosen to work with DKSH based on its first-class reputation in providing integrated and tailored Market Expansion Services along the entire value chain, as well as for its extensive regulatory, logistics and distribution capabilities in the region. ICL have been working with DKSH Marketing Services Spain and DKSH Portugal, Unipessoal, both formerly Zeus Quimica, for over 15 years.

“We are very excited about our partnership with DKSH. Their reliable strategic market insight will play a significant role in helping us serve and define growth for our paint and coatings market in Japan,” said Michael O’Brien, Commercial Lead, Paints & Coatings, ICL Advanced Additives.

“We are very pleased to be able to introduce ICL’s innovative corrosion inhibitors exclusively to our demanding customer base in Japan. ICL’s products complement and enhance our existing portfolio of specialty additives and we look forward to a successful business relationship with ICL,” added Carole Lin, Director, Global Business Development, Specialty Chemicals Industry, Performance Materials, DKSH.

The agreement will further strengthen DKSH’s market position in Japan while contributing to the Group’s overall profitability over time. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2016-12-07 00:00:00 [updated_at] => 2016-12-06 19:18:46 [last_updated_author] => 147600 [uploaded_by] => 147600 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["241427","243759","235938","244785","248047","244784","249123","246119","241951","237842","235249","236135","241664","242108"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [1] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 238083 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => AGC Chemicals Americas to Sponsor Plastics Chemistry Fair in Philly [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => agc-chemicals-americas-to-sponsor-plastics-chemistry-fair-in-philly [body] => AGC Chemicals Americas Inc. is excited to announce its sponsorship of the 13th Annual Plastics Chemistry Fair, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 29 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pa. AGCCA product & development engineers Katie Sprick and Mike Scesa will volunteer their plastics chemistry expertise at the event, where four eligible participants will be granted a $500 scholarship at the conclusion of the fair.

Guests of the event, which is presented by the Philadelphia Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers, will be able to participate in over 20 experiments in the “Plastics Lab” that showcase how plastics are used in daily life. Activities and presentations include Plastics in the Movies, Medical Plastics, Plastics are in Fashion and a scavenger hunt.

“The Plastics Chemistry Fair is a great opportunity for visitors of all ages to learn about the important role plastics play in our lives,” Sprick said. “Our goal is to create a fun, informative and interactive experience that can get people as excited about plastics as we are.” [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2017-01-24 11:24:00 [updated_at] => 2017-01-24 11:25:45 [last_updated_author] => 147600 [uploaded_by] => 147600 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["239920","241534","238796","244073","237319","245399","238505","239855","244791","240013","246310","247219","235837","243757"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [2] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 240349 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2552 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"Jerrold Wang","title":"Analyst, Lux Research"} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => CNT-Modified CFRPs Offer the Possibility of Sensing Structures to the Aerospace Industry [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => cnt-modified-cfrps-offer-the-possibility-of-sensing-structures-to-the-aerospace-industry [body] => Researchers at the University of Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), the University of Bristol’s Advanced Composite Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS), and aerospace company Bombardier teamed up to develop a carbon nanotube-based material that is to replace the polymer sizing in carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRPs) for aerospace applications. This research team grew carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on carbon fiber by using low temperature photo-thermal chemical vapor deposition (PT-CVD) and using a metallic interlayer between CNTs and carbon fiber to minimize substrate degradation. According to the research team, using CNTs to replace polymer sizing improved the mechanical integrity of the carbon fiber fabric, as well as enhanced electrical and thermal conductivity of CFRPs. Moreover, the use of CNT enables CFRPs to integrate electronic gadgets (such as sensors, energy harvesting lighting, and communication antennae) in the structure, while still maintaining structural integrity. The research team is now working to scale their technology for production using roll-to-roll systems.

We believe these CNT-modified CFRPs should have higher cost than the incumbent CFRPs based on polymer sizing, due to the high cost of CNT and the PT-CVD process involved. But this price premium is not a big hurdle given that the aerospace industry is not price sensitive and that CNT-modified CFRPs may be able to satisfy some unmet needs of incumbent CFRPs. Specifically, high electrical conductivity of CNT-modified CFRPs can potentially replace the current lightning strike solutions for CFRP, which are typically metallic structures that are heavy and may introduce manufacturing difficulties. Also, high thermal conductivity of CNT-modified CFRPs can improve efficiency of the de-icing process of jets. In addition, the ability to integrate electronic gadgets able to impart novel functionalities to CFRPs, these functionalities may disrupt CFRPs for aerospace in unexpected ways in the future.

The CNT-modified CFRPs have a good fit to the aerospace industry. Readers interested in composites for aerospace application should monitor the progress of this team and even reach out for joint research. It’s good timing to form collaboration with them, since the team is open to working with additional partners for further work to scale up and optimize their technology.

Jerrold Wang is an Analyst on the Advanced Materials Intelligence team at Lux Research, providing strategic advice and ongoing intelligence for emerging technologies. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2017-02-27 12:37:00 [updated_at] => 2017-02-27 12:39:02 [last_updated_author] => 142069 [uploaded_by] => 0 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["236956","244388","245039","235339","237321","244586","235861","248416","238695","238694","243140","249383","241472","239648","245698"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [3] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 240485 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => Total Cray Valley to Present New PP, PVC Modification Technologies at 2017 Innoplast Conference [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => total-cray-valley-to-present-new-pp-pvc-modification-technologies-at-2017-innoplast-conference [body] => Total Cray Valley (TCV) will showcase two technologies for modifying plastic resins at this year’s Innoplast Solutions Conference. TCV specialty resin and coagent experts will be available to consult with compounders on using functional additives to improve the performance characteristics of polypropylene (PP) and PVC. 

On March 8 at 10:30 a.m., TCV global business development manager Anthony Marozsan will discuss how compounders can use Dymalink coagents to modify conventional PP resins to achieve higher melt strength characteristics.

On March 9 at 2:00 p.m., TCV senior application chemist Loubna Jebbanema will discuss how compounders can use Cleartack resins to achieve a wider processing window and improved impact properties for rigid PVC profiles.

Attendees of this year’s conference can meet with TCV formulators to learn how functional additives can aid the processing of plastic formulations and enhance their tensile strength, heat deflection temperature (HDT), stability and flexural modulus properties. The Innoplast Conference, organized by Dr. Yash P. Khanna, will be held March 8-10 at the Airport Hilton in Atlanta. For more information and to register for the conference, visit https://innoplastsolutions.com. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2017-02-28 08:42:00 [updated_at] => 2017-02-28 08:46:30 [last_updated_author] => 147600 [uploaded_by] => 147600 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["239920","242228","238132","245393","246403","247592","242492","241527","242128","241663","242552"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [4] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 240721 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => Axalta Researcher to Introduce Automotive Coating System Development at PITTCON [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => axalta-researcher-to-introduce-automotive-coating-system-development-at-pittcon [body] => Dr. Chen Ling, Senior Scientist at Axalta Coating Systems, will present new developments in the detection and characterization of chemical molecule migrations in multi-layer automotive coatings at the PITTCON Conference and Expo 2017. Dr. Ling’s presentation titled, Application of ATR-FTIR Microspectroscopy in Understanding Interlayer Migration of Automotive Coatings, is at 10 a.m. on March 8, on the Exposition Floor, Section 2030, Aisle 2500-2600, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Ling’s presentation will explore the new method she and her team have developed to better understand the chemical migration in a wet-on-wet coating process. Automotive coatings typically consist of multiple layers, individually sprayed and dried before another layer is applied. However, in a wet-on-wet coating process, a second layer is applied before the first layer is dry, and multiple layers are dried with a single bake, which can result in reduced energy consumption and increased manufacturing productivity.

“Our new method allows us to really zoom in to track and characterize the chemical migrations across the multiple coating layers produced in the wet-on-wet process. Specifically, we can characterize migrations of chemical molecules at a high resolution of about two micrometers, which is about one hundredth the width of a human hair,” said Dr. Ling. “Results from our tests can help us to better understand the relationship between the chemical migration and the overall coating appearance, which can lead to the development of improved coatings and coating processes for our customers.”

“Axalta is committed to meeting customers’ needs through technical development and innovation,” said Dr. Brian Priore, Research Manager for Analytical and Weathering Technologies, Axalta Coating Systems. “Analytical technology is one of Axalta’s core strengths that enables us to explore new areas to improve products and services. The developments by Dr. Ling and her team are examples of Axalta’s commitment to meet customers’ needs by supporting the continued growth of highly productive and more environmentally sustainable processes with reduced energy consumption like wet-on-wet coating applications.” [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2017-03-02 10:18:00 [updated_at] => 2017-03-02 11:07:18 [last_updated_author] => 147600 [uploaded_by] => 147600 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["239171","236051","245031","248113","241405","248281","239857","240403","240013","237561","240583","243554","237568","237567","241368","237208","246406","241375","243078","235248"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) ) [relatedContent] => Array ( [0] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 235432 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => DKSH Signs Exclusive Agreement with ICL in Japan [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => dksh-signs-exclusive-agreement-with-icl-in-japan [body] => DKSH Business Unit Performance Materials, a leading Market Expansion Services provider and distributor of specialty chemicals, and ICL (Israel Chemicals Limited) Advanced Additives, a leading global specialty phosphate producer, have signed an exclusive agreement for DKSH to market, sell, distribute and supply ICL’s HALOX corrosion inhibitors product portfolio in Japan.

HALOX corrosion inhibitive pigments provide a high standard of protection without the use of lead and hexavalent chromium compounds. Under the agreement, DKSH will provide marketing, sales, distribution, logistics and after-sales services to ICL for their HALOX flash rust, inorganic and organic corrosion inhibitors and specialty inhibitors, FLASH-X flash rush corrosion inhibitors and HALOX XTAIN tannin stain inhibitors for use in coatings applications. ICL has chosen to work with DKSH based on its first-class reputation in providing integrated and tailored Market Expansion Services along the entire value chain, as well as for its extensive regulatory, logistics and distribution capabilities in the region. ICL have been working with DKSH Marketing Services Spain and DKSH Portugal, Unipessoal, both formerly Zeus Quimica, for over 15 years.

“We are very excited about our partnership with DKSH. Their reliable strategic market insight will play a significant role in helping us serve and define growth for our paint and coatings market in Japan,” said Michael O’Brien, Commercial Lead, Paints & Coatings, ICL Advanced Additives.

“We are very pleased to be able to introduce ICL’s innovative corrosion inhibitors exclusively to our demanding customer base in Japan. ICL’s products complement and enhance our existing portfolio of specialty additives and we look forward to a successful business relationship with ICL,” added Carole Lin, Director, Global Business Development, Specialty Chemicals Industry, Performance Materials, DKSH.

The agreement will further strengthen DKSH’s market position in Japan while contributing to the Group’s overall profitability over time. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2016-12-07 00:00:00 [updated_at] => 2016-12-06 19:18:46 [last_updated_author] => 147600 [uploaded_by] => 147600 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["241427","243759","235938","244785","248047","244784","249123","246119","241951","237842","235249","236135","241664","242108"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [1] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 238083 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => AGC Chemicals Americas to Sponsor Plastics Chemistry Fair in Philly [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => agc-chemicals-americas-to-sponsor-plastics-chemistry-fair-in-philly [body] => AGC Chemicals Americas Inc. is excited to announce its sponsorship of the 13th Annual Plastics Chemistry Fair, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 29 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pa. AGCCA product & development engineers Katie Sprick and Mike Scesa will volunteer their plastics chemistry expertise at the event, where four eligible participants will be granted a $500 scholarship at the conclusion of the fair.

Guests of the event, which is presented by the Philadelphia Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers, will be able to participate in over 20 experiments in the “Plastics Lab” that showcase how plastics are used in daily life. Activities and presentations include Plastics in the Movies, Medical Plastics, Plastics are in Fashion and a scavenger hunt.

“The Plastics Chemistry Fair is a great opportunity for visitors of all ages to learn about the important role plastics play in our lives,” Sprick said. “Our goal is to create a fun, informative and interactive experience that can get people as excited about plastics as we are.” [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2017-01-24 11:24:00 [updated_at] => 2017-01-24 11:25:45 [last_updated_author] => 147600 [uploaded_by] => 147600 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["239920","241534","238796","244073","237319","245399","238505","239855","244791","240013","246310","247219","235837","243757"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [2] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 240349 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2552 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"Jerrold Wang","title":"Analyst, Lux Research"} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => CNT-Modified CFRPs Offer the Possibility of Sensing Structures to the Aerospace Industry [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => cnt-modified-cfrps-offer-the-possibility-of-sensing-structures-to-the-aerospace-industry [body] => Researchers at the University of Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), the University of Bristol’s Advanced Composite Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS), and aerospace company Bombardier teamed up to develop a carbon nanotube-based material that is to replace the polymer sizing in carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRPs) for aerospace applications. This research team grew carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on carbon fiber by using low temperature photo-thermal chemical vapor deposition (PT-CVD) and using a metallic interlayer between CNTs and carbon fiber to minimize substrate degradation. According to the research team, using CNTs to replace polymer sizing improved the mechanical integrity of the carbon fiber fabric, as well as enhanced electrical and thermal conductivity of CFRPs. Moreover, the use of CNT enables CFRPs to integrate electronic gadgets (such as sensors, energy harvesting lighting, and communication antennae) in the structure, while still maintaining structural integrity. The research team is now working to scale their technology for production using roll-to-roll systems.

We believe these CNT-modified CFRPs should have higher cost than the incumbent CFRPs based on polymer sizing, due to the high cost of CNT and the PT-CVD process involved. But this price premium is not a big hurdle given that the aerospace industry is not price sensitive and that CNT-modified CFRPs may be able to satisfy some unmet needs of incumbent CFRPs. Specifically, high electrical conductivity of CNT-modified CFRPs can potentially replace the current lightning strike solutions for CFRP, which are typically metallic structures that are heavy and may introduce manufacturing difficulties. Also, high thermal conductivity of CNT-modified CFRPs can improve efficiency of the de-icing process of jets. In addition, the ability to integrate electronic gadgets able to impart novel functionalities to CFRPs, these functionalities may disrupt CFRPs for aerospace in unexpected ways in the future.

The CNT-modified CFRPs have a good fit to the aerospace industry. Readers interested in composites for aerospace application should monitor the progress of this team and even reach out for joint research. It’s good timing to form collaboration with them, since the team is open to working with additional partners for further work to scale up and optimize their technology.

Jerrold Wang is an Analyst on the Advanced Materials Intelligence team at Lux Research, providing strategic advice and ongoing intelligence for emerging technologies. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2017-02-27 12:37:00 [updated_at] => 2017-02-27 12:39:02 [last_updated_author] => 142069 [uploaded_by] => 0 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["236956","244388","245039","235339","237321","244586","235861","248416","238695","238694","243140","249383","241472","239648","245698"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [3] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 240485 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => Total Cray Valley to Present New PP, PVC Modification Technologies at 2017 Innoplast Conference [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => total-cray-valley-to-present-new-pp-pvc-modification-technologies-at-2017-innoplast-conference [body] => Total Cray Valley (TCV) will showcase two technologies for modifying plastic resins at this year’s Innoplast Solutions Conference. TCV specialty resin and coagent experts will be available to consult with compounders on using functional additives to improve the performance characteristics of polypropylene (PP) and PVC. 

On March 8 at 10:30 a.m., TCV global business development manager Anthony Marozsan will discuss how compounders can use Dymalink coagents to modify conventional PP resins to achieve higher melt strength characteristics.

On March 9 at 2:00 p.m., TCV senior application chemist Loubna Jebbanema will discuss how compounders can use Cleartack resins to achieve a wider processing window and improved impact properties for rigid PVC profiles.

Attendees of this year’s conference can meet with TCV formulators to learn how functional additives can aid the processing of plastic formulations and enhance their tensile strength, heat deflection temperature (HDT), stability and flexural modulus properties. The Innoplast Conference, organized by Dr. Yash P. Khanna, will be held March 8-10 at the Airport Hilton in Atlanta. For more information and to register for the conference, visit https://innoplastsolutions.com. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2017-02-28 08:42:00 [updated_at] => 2017-02-28 08:46:30 [last_updated_author] => 147600 [uploaded_by] => 147600 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["239920","242228","238132","245393","246403","247592","242492","241527","242128","241663","242552"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [4] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 240721 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => Axalta Researcher to Introduce Automotive Coating System Development at PITTCON [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => axalta-researcher-to-introduce-automotive-coating-system-development-at-pittcon [body] => Dr. Chen Ling, Senior Scientist at Axalta Coating Systems, will present new developments in the detection and characterization of chemical molecule migrations in multi-layer automotive coatings at the PITTCON Conference and Expo 2017. Dr. Ling’s presentation titled, Application of ATR-FTIR Microspectroscopy in Understanding Interlayer Migration of Automotive Coatings, is at 10 a.m. on March 8, on the Exposition Floor, Section 2030, Aisle 2500-2600, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Ling’s presentation will explore the new method she and her team have developed to better understand the chemical migration in a wet-on-wet coating process. Automotive coatings typically consist of multiple layers, individually sprayed and dried before another layer is applied. However, in a wet-on-wet coating process, a second layer is applied before the first layer is dry, and multiple layers are dried with a single bake, which can result in reduced energy consumption and increased manufacturing productivity.

“Our new method allows us to really zoom in to track and characterize the chemical migrations across the multiple coating layers produced in the wet-on-wet process. Specifically, we can characterize migrations of chemical molecules at a high resolution of about two micrometers, which is about one hundredth the width of a human hair,” said Dr. Ling. “Results from our tests can help us to better understand the relationship between the chemical migration and the overall coating appearance, which can lead to the development of improved coatings and coating processes for our customers.”

“Axalta is committed to meeting customers’ needs through technical development and innovation,” said Dr. Brian Priore, Research Manager for Analytical and Weathering Technologies, Axalta Coating Systems. “Analytical technology is one of Axalta’s core strengths that enables us to explore new areas to improve products and services. The developments by Dr. Ling and her team are examples of Axalta’s commitment to meet customers’ needs by supporting the continued growth of highly productive and more environmentally sustainable processes with reduced energy consumption like wet-on-wet coating applications.” [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2017-03-02 10:18:00 [updated_at] => 2017-03-02 11:07:18 [last_updated_author] => 147600 [uploaded_by] => 147600 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["239171","236051","245031","248113","241405","248281","239857","240403","240013","237561","240583","243554","237568","237567","241368","237208","246406","241375","243078","235248"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) ) [contentTaxonomy_knowledge-center] => Array ( ) [relatedSearches] => Array ( [0] => Taxonomy Object ( [className] => Taxonomy [id] => 56577 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => taxonomy [taxonomy_tag] => conference ) ) [formattedTitle] => Total Cray Valley To Exhibit At Polyolefin Conference [taxonomy_keywords] => Array ( [0] => Taxonomy Object ( [className] => Taxonomy [id] => 56577 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => taxonomy [tag] => conference [slug] => conference [child_of] => 54554 ) ) )