METACLAY is developing a process for producing polymer nanosilicate-based nanocomposites from a moldable polymer base (matrix) and filler (the organically modified nanoclay montmorillonite). Compared with other composites, the materials produced by METACLAY have several new features, including higher fire safety and mechanical durability and lower water and gas penetration. The materials can be used to protect oil and gas pipes from corrosion and to manufacture cushion blocks for railway fastenings, flexible packaging for fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), and noncombustible cable insulation. Most of the products have been certified by customers and tested on production lines. METACLAY has opened a high-end R&D center to execute the full cycle of scientific development. Most of the technologies are based on innovations from leading Russian scientific institutions: the A. V. Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis, Russian Academy of Sciences; the Institute of Macromolecular Compounds, Russian Academy of Sciences; the Karpov Institute of Physical Chemistry; Moscow State University; and the Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia.
Nanocomposite monolayer structure
The areas in which the technology can be applied include oil and gas production and transport, the cable industry, packaging, automotive construction, the construction market in heavy industry and FMCG. Products include pipes, cables, railway components and rolling stock, automotive components, and building materials, as well as packaging for FMCG, which demonstrate competitive advantages and superior characteristics compared with competing products at lower production costs.
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