Huntsman Advanced Materials is delivering a step change in the market for nano-composites through its recent collaboration with Haydale Composite Solutions (HCS), which develops graphene and nano particulate materials.
Huntsman says its Araldite resins are being enhanced by using Haydale’s expertise in the functionalisation of Graphene Nano Platelets (GNP’S) and other nano materials to create highly loaded master batches and to improve thermal / electrical conductivity and mechanical performance. The ultimate objective of the collaboration will be to commercialise graphene enhanced Araldite resins for a range of applications in the composites market.
Dr David Hatrick, European Technology Director at Huntsman Advanced Materials, commented; "We are making good progress in the initial stages of our collaborative development with Haydale and have been impressed with the improvements delivered in thermal and electrical conductivity in particular. This work is the platform for development of a range of new graphene enhanced Araldite resins which will be targeted at the industrial composites, automotive and aerospace markets.
“The next stage of development will focus on demonstration of these resins in carbon fibre composites manufactured with a range of typical processes used by our end customers. In parallel, we look forward to extending our relationship further with Haydale to maximise the commercial potential of this exciting new technology".
Gerry Boyce, Managing Director of HCS, said; "We are very pleased and excited with the major improvements in the electrical, thermal and mechanical performance of functionalised graphene enhanced Araldite resins and look forward to seeing how these improvements manifest themselves in the resulting composite materials and applications. We believe we are at the forefront of a whole new nano-composites age and look forward to commercialising this technology in conjunction with Huntsman Advanced Materials."