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IKV researchers report thermoplastic/metal hybrid materials for Direct manufacturing electronic part

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Search for better flame retardants continues. Developments are either geared towards reducing toxicity, improving their effectiveness or both. Clay materials made their name after the clay based nanocomposites (PNC) development at the Toyota research lab. However, in the area of flame retardant, clay based PNC never made any real headway.

Recently, in interesting twist researchers from NIST, Gaithersburg (USA) fabricated layer-by-layer coatings of highly filled clay on porous polyurethane foam. Resulting clay based brick wall reduced the foam flammability 17% of the peak heat release while decreasing 21% of the total burn time.

This study provided two interesting results: 1) compared with commercial products, less (50%) amounts of coatings required to get similar performance and 2) non-halogenated ingredients were used to make the layer-by-layer coatings.  Readers may wish to read another interesting approach towards halogen free flame retardant*

References:  Y.S. Kim, R. Harris, and R. Davis; ACS Macro Letters. 1, pp. 820-824 (2012)

                         *S. Ravichandran, R. Nagarajan et al., Green Chem., 14, pp. 819-824 (2012)