Fire-resistant Polymers Containing Deoxybenzoin Unit in the Backbone
Synthetic polymers are used extensively as plastics, rubbers, foams, textiles, and construction materials; however, the flammability of many polymers is recognized as a safety hazard and an important challenge in polymer research. Although halogenated small molecule additives have been proven effective in reducing the flammability of polymer materials, environmental and health concerns are leading to restricted use of such additives in the U.S. and abroad.
Dr. Emrick and co-investigators have been developing novel polymers that are inherently flame-resistant, halogen-free, and possess high thermal stability, low heat release capacities and high char yields. The current invention relates to flame-resistant polyolefins containing deoxybenzoin pendant groups which are unique and have flame retardant properties.
- Upholstery in the automotive industry, aircraft, as well as other land and sea vehicles
- Micro-electronic devices, electrical/electronics for the consumer market
- Industrial, construction and packaging markets
These novel polymers address some urgent needs for anti-flammable polymeric materials with better environmental impact than many conventional polymers.
Patent Issued: US 8,314,202
Ling X. Shen, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Senior Licensing Officer
Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property