Haydale Composite Solutions, (HCS, Kingston, UK) a wholly owned subsidiary of Haydale, has established a joint development agreement with Huntsman Advanced Materials (The Woodlands, Texas). This agreement has resulted from the preliminary but successful work, jointly undertaken with Huntsman, to develop a range of graphene enhanced resins to complement its current product range.
The agreement provides Huntsman with the exclusive worldwide rights to market, distribute and sell a range of its resins enhanced with Haydale functionalized graphene, which will include ARALDITE epoxy resins. The agreement will allow Huntsman to purchase Haydale’s graphene enhanced masterbatches for use in the fields of composites and adhesives. Huntsman has also agreed to work exclusively with HCS to further develop graphene enhanced masterbatches with specific targeted performance characteristics
Over the past 12 months, HCS and Huntsman have been jointly working on the development of graphene enhanced masterbatches and resin formulations with significant performance enhancements in terms of improved fracture toughness and thermal conductivity. After further development work to optimize both product performance and manufacturing processes, Huntsman’s resins enhanced with Haydale’s graphene technology will be evaluated by targeted customers looking to benefit from the fracture toughness or thermal conductivity property improvements.
“We have made great progress over the past 12 months in the development of graphene enhanced epoxy masterbatches which can be diluted into formulated resins with major increases in fracture toughness, electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity. The ability to radically change the base properties of resins and adhesives is pivotal and will offer designers the ability to be creative and develop cost effective, high performance composite structures across a broad range of industries, including industrial and automotive composites, sports goods and at a later stage, aerospace. We look forward to building on our strong working relationship with Huntsman initially in completing the development program, and moving into the commercialization of these next generation materials,” says Gerry Boyce, managing director of HCS.
“Graphene enhancement of epoxy resins has been demonstrated in research programs for a number of years, but as yet has not made the jump into higher volume industrial applications in any major way,” says David Hatrick, Huntsman Advanced Materials, vice president of innovation. “Our work with Haydale has shown that significant performance improvements can be achieved whilst maintaining processibility of the resins, overcoming a key challenge. We have signed a formal joint development agreement with Haydale and will continue to dedicate resources to complete the optimization of resin performance for composites and adhesives applications. We look forward to achieving a key milestone in the commercialization process within the next 6-12 months during which time we will begin sampling materials to our customers in these important industrial markets.”