Polymer blending is one way of optimizing the properties of the final material. The general idea is to draw a profile of each phase by combining the best functions of each polymer (improved water resistance, improved impact resistance, reduced cost of the material, increased biobased carbon content...). However, most polymers are immiscible and their mixing leads to phase separations, unstable morphologies and therefore poor properties.
Materia Nova has the necessary skills and equipment to control the morphology of polymer blends and to ensure a good accounting between the different phases, when necessary.
Materia Nova is also working on the design and development of different accounting strategies, including the grafting of reactive functions onto the polymer chain by reactive extrusion.