Bio-based PC Resin for Injection Moulding
Renewable materials, such as Polylactic Acid (PLA), are readily available and allow the creation of bio-based Polycarbonate (PC) blends with property profiles close to those of compounds made with virgin raw materials. Bioplastics engineers at the University of Guelph have developed a high performance PC+PLA blend (32% renewable) to compete with PC+ABS blends. The novel formulation (bioPC) includes acrylic core/shell impact modifiers and a number of bio-sourced mineral fillers with high impact strength and heat deflection temperature. The blend is intended for durable applications and inventors are now seeking co-innovation partner(s) for scale-up and applications testing.
- Enclosures for consumer electronics and business machines
- Instrument housings/components for medical devices
- Components in large and small home appliances
- Material costs are 28% lower than standard PC+ABS blends
- Excellent processability allows for faster moulding cycles
- Candidate for thin-walled injection moulding (flow, stiffness, toughness)
|Blend||Material (US$/lb.)||Density (g/cm3)||Flow (g/10min.)||HDT* (oC)||Toughness (J/m)||Stiffness (Mpa)|
Values for PC+PLA blend collected by the Bioproducts Discovery & Development Centre, University of Guelph. Values for PC+ABS blend obtained from RTP 2099 X 126213 product data sheet for context and illustrative purposes. All values are typical and not to be construed as specifications. HDT* - Heat Deflection Temperature.
Patents pending in the US (15/148,704) and CAN (2,929,129).
Seeking co-innovation partner and/or licensee.
Martin Ciuk, email@example.com 519-824-4120 x53808