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Arkema Named 2007 Nano 50™ Award Winner : Award Recognizes Company's Controlled Architecture Polymers Technology

Published on 2008-02-13. Author : SpecialChem

Arkema has been named a winner of the 2007 Nano 50 Awards for the development of their controlled architecture polymers technology. Presented by Nanotech Briefs® magazine, the third annual 2007 Nano 50 Award recognizes the top 50 technologies, products and innovators that have significantly impacted, or are expected to impact, the state of the art in nanotechnology. The winners of the Nano 50 Awards are the "best of the best" - the innovative people and designs that will move nanotechnology into key mainstream markets.

Arkema earned the award for the development of a controlled radical polymerization (CRP) technology that produces polymers with highly controlled architecture using industry-standard free-radical polymerization techniques.

Arkema's technology is based on the BlocBuilder® controller, an initiating species and a nitroxide controller combined into one molecule. BlocBuilder® controller provides a straightforward, robust method for producing high purity, functionalized block copolymer structures tailored to specific end uses.

Arkema currently uses this technology to produce Nanostrength®, a range of acrylic block copolymers used as toughening agents and compatibilizers for thermoset and thermoplastic polymers used in adhesives, coatings and composites.

"It's a great honor to receive this award and to have our research team acknowledged for their commitment and dedication to nanotechnology developments," said Rick Cuddeback, worldwide director of nanotechnology for Arkema. "Our CRP technology represents the work of the whole research team. We're very grateful for the recognition."

Arkema's technology was selected as one of the best for 2007 by a panel of nanotechnology experts. The technologies, products and innovators receiving the 50 highest scores were named Nano 50 Award winners. BlocBuilder® and Nanostrength® are trademarks belonging to Arkema.

A global chemical player, Arkema consists of 3 coherent and related business segments: Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals, and Performance Products. Present in over 40 countries with 17,000 employees, Arkema achieves sales of 5.7 billion euros. With its 6 research centers in France, the United States and Japan, and internationally recognized brands, Arkema holds leadership positions in its principal markets.

Nanotech Briefs® is a digital magazine from the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs that provides the best of government, industry, and university nanotech innovations with real-world applications in areas such as electronics, materials, sensors, manufacturing, biomedical, optics/photonics, and aerospace/defense.

Source: Arkema


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