- I've heard a lot about nanocomposites, but I do not see a lot of commercial products yet, how come?
- Why should I use Nanomer nanoclays vs. other nano materials, such as nanotubes, or nanometals?
- What type of resin matrices are Nanomers available for?
- I am an end user; I do not have compounding capabilities. Can I take advantage of Nanomer technology?
- How do I know I have reached complete dispersion?
- Will I need to buy special equipment, or completely overhaul my process conditions?
- Can I use Nanomer nanoclays in conjunction with other fillers or additives?
- I’ve read a lot about the flame retardant capabilities of Nanomer nanoclays, can I reach a UL V-O fire rating with Nanomers alone?
- My application has fairly large quantity requirements; can Nanocor meet our commercial needs?
- What is Nanocor’s patent position, and how does that effect our position in the market?
1. I've heard a lot about nanocomposites, but I do not see a lot of commercial products yet, how come?
There are a limited number of commercial products currently available, and many more set to begin commercial use in the near future. Many customers, after spending time and finances to develop these superior products, are not willing to let their competitors in on their secrets.
2. Why should I use Nanomer nanoclays vs. other nano materials, such as nanotubes, or nanometals?
The products offered by Nanocor are designed specifically for the plastic industry, and have the highest level of purity of any naturally produced nanoclay product on the market today. Nanomer nanoclays are significantly more cost competitive compared to nanotubes and nanometals.
3. What type of resin matrices are Nanomer nanoclays available for?
The number continues to grow but can be broken into three main categories, polyolefins, polyamides, and engineering resins. See our Product Lines section for an expanded listing. If you have questions about your specific resin or grade, please do not hesitate to inquire.
4. I am an end user; I do not have compounding capabilities. Can I take advantage of Nanomer technology?
Absolutely. Nanocor or one of our industry partners can provide material in several forms to include concentrate and finished nanocomposite. Concentrates are available from a number of companies; Clariant, PolyOne, and RTP to name a few. Finished nanocomposites are also available from Nanocor or certain resin producers, such as Honeywell and Bayer. Nanocor would be happy to show you how to best implement nanotechnology for your needs.
5. How do I know I have reached complete dispersion?
There are a number of tests that can be performed, but first it’s important to understand that a completely exfoliated product is not always necessary to achieve your goals. Nanocor can show you how to ensure that your product is reaching its full potential, and how to perform both lab and product testing, to ensure consistent results.
6. Will I need to buy special equipment, or completely overhaul my process conditions?
One of the great benefits to processing Nanomer nanoclays is that normally there is no need to purchase special equipment, or significantly change your processing conditions. In fact in many cases Nanomer nanoclays can be easier on your equipment than other, more traditional additives.
7. Can I use Nanomer nanoclays in conjunction with other fillers or additives?
Yes. A number of applications have been developed combining our nanoclays with fiberglass and fillers such as talc or mica. However, it may be necessary to check with Nanocor technical staff to be sure there is no interaction between the surface treatment of the Nanomer nanoclays and other additives in your current formulation.
8. I’ve read a lot about the flame retardant capabilities of nanoclays; can I reach a UL V-O fire rating with Nanomer nanoclays alone?
The simple answer is no. However, we nanoclays can help you reduce the loading level of your current FR package, achieving higher properties, lower specific gravity, and significant cost savings. Also, a number of applications are currently under development to eliminate the use of halogen-based additives, due to environmental concerns surrounding this class of flame retardants.
9. My application has fairly large quantity requirements; can Nanocor meet our commercial needs?
Certainly. Nanocor currently has a production capacity of 7 million pounds of Nanomers annually, and infrastructure in place to raise capacity to well over 100 million pounds as the market needs increase.
10. What is Nanocor’s patent position, and how does that affect our position in the market?
Nanocor currently has 40 issued patents, primarily involving the creation of Nanomer nanoclays and Nanomer surface treatments. Nanocor purposely avoids any down stream patents, in order to not impede customers from entering the market place. Nanocor also monitors the patent field for nanocomposites, and would be happy to discuss your concerns.