Authors: R.C. Daly, C.A. Fleischer, A.L. Wagner, M. Duffy
Affilation: NaturalNano, Inc., United States
Pages: 187 - 190
Keywords: halloysite, HNT, nanocomposite
Halloysite Nanotubes (HNT TM) provide a new avenue for the preparation of nanocomposites. These unique tubes can be dispersed by normal extrusion processes in a variety of polymer melts to produce nanocomposites with unusual physical properties. Their addition reduces the polymer MIF, making for more easily controlled mixing and extrusion. Dispersions can be made directly to the desired working composition or a concentrate may be let down to that concentration. Injection molded parts or blown films have been produced from a variety of different polymers, including Nylon-6, polypropylene, TPO and several varieties of polyethylene. The HNT can also be dispersed into polymer latexes and dispersions in order to produce coating formulations which in turn produce coatings with advantaged physical properties. The various PleximerTM polymer concentrates and surface treated HNTTM from NaturalNano allow easy routes into improved polymer performance.