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Circularity Profoundly Affects the Auto Industry – Choice of Black Pigment
The circular economy is among the top three initiatives in terms of impact on sustainability, along with recycling of waste and end-of-life disposal. Automotive companies and regulators are planning far reaching initiatives to align with the circular economy.
Achieving High Electrical Resistivity in Rubber Compounds
One often associates carbon black with electrical conductivity, and the presence of carbon black in rubber insulating compounds has been regarded as detrimental in this aspect. But what if we need carbon black performance properties but also high electrical resistivity?
Disentangling the Definitions of “Circular Economy”, “Sustainability”, and “Eco-Friendly”
While industries and individuals are aligned in their goal to protect the planet for future generations, there still seems to be confusion on what the meaning of the commonly used phrases – eco-friendly, sustainable, and circular − and to understand their overall impact on our planet. I will spend some time to untangle these three key words in order to pursue the most impactful approach.
Carbon Blacks in Inkjet: Particle and Aggregate Size Considerations
Inkjet inks utilizing waterborne, solventborne, and energy curable chemistries have become popular in recent decades compared to more traditional analogue printing techniques due to the ability to print variable content, low ink usage, and versatility of substrate types and geometry. Compared to dyes, which have been used extensively, particularly in waterborne systems due to their solubility, pigments offer much better lightfastness, water/solvent resistance, holdout (especially on porous substrates), and color performance.
Improving the Performance of Lithium ion Batteries with Conductive Carbons
First commercialized in the early 1990s, lithium ion batteries have since come to be an integral part of modern life. Portable electronic devices, such as cell phones, laptops, and power tools, were the first to utilize this technology. In recent years, the push to electrify personal transportation has accelerated the production of electric vehicles. Conductive carbons are now further improving the performance of Lithium ion batteries.
6 Precautions When Designing Thermoplastic, PVC and Polyurethane Colorant Formulations
There are many ways to add color and functionality to your plastic material. Printing, coating and plating methods are used to implement color and functionality on the surface of plastics. Jinhil Kim lays out 6 precautions when designing thermoplastic, PVC and polyutherane colorant formulations.
The Roles of Carbon Black in Wire & Cable Conductor, Insulation and Jacketing Applications
Conductive plastic compounds have a variety of applications including conductor and insulation shield for wire and cables, antistatic, electrostatic dissipation (ESD), electromagnetic interference (EMI) shield, and metal replacement. This blog talks about the key properties of carbon black and how they are related to conductivity performance, especially as it relates to wire and cable applications.
Nanocellulose Dispersion Composite (NDC™): A New Sustainable Alternative for the Rubber Industry
One of the most promising bio-renewable reinforcements for rubber is a class of materials called nanocellulose. Nanocellulose in its various nanoscale forms constitutes the fundamental building blocks of biomass and can be derived from sources such as waste woodchips, agricultural and forest residues and purpose grown crops.
Formulating Carbon Black in Adhesives & Sealants
When qualifying a new carbon black in a new product or as a potential offset, it is critical to understand the Performance Triangle by looking at carbon black selection, formulation and dispersion.