Haydale Composites Solutions (HCS, Kingston, UK) has signed a letter of intent to start a joint development and commercialization agreement with Huntsman Advanced Materials (Switzerland).
As part of the agreement, Haydale will functionalize graphene nano platelets (GNPs) using its proprietary HDPlas process and add them to Huntsman's ARALDITE resins to create a highly loaded masterbatch. Under the proposed agreement, it is anticipated that Huntsman and HCS will develop and validate the use of GNPs in ARALDITE epoxy resins, using HCS's proprietary HDPlas process. The ultimate objective of the collaboration will be to commercialize graphene enhanced ARALDITE resins for a range of applications in the composites market.
"We are highly excited about working with a world leading resins company and to developing markets and applications for these new graphene enhanced ARALDITE resins,” said Gerry Boyce, managing director of HCS. “We see graphene enhanced polymer resins and their use in composite materials as being a revolution. This work opens up the potential for a whole new range of advanced composite materials and products with enhanced performance and lower cost."
"We are pleased to be working closely with HCS on this exciting opportunity,” said David Hatrick, European technology director at Huntsman Advanced Materials. “The combination of HCS's expertise in functionalized GNPs and our capabilities in epoxy chemistry should create multiple new opportunities to meet the needs of the growing composites market."
"We have identified the composites market as a strategic sector for our functionalized graphene and other nanomaterials with HCS being a fundamental route to market for our plasma functionalized materials,” said Ray Gibbs, Haydale CEO. “This agreement represents a major opportunity to work with a global partner to develop a whole new range of formulated resins with enhanced properties which they can sell into the composites' market across the world."