Thanks, stickman. Some excerpts: "Lloyd Goettler, Ph.D., professor of polymer engineering and director of the Institute of Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron, believes that nanocomposites are on a typical material-developmentgrowth curve. �Currently, we�re on a steep rising portion of that growth curve�an emergence phase,� he observes".
George Zollos, market development manager at PolyOne Corp., reports that the company is seeing more interest in nanocomposite products than ever. We�re getting a lot more inquiries and people coming to us with potential applications. As they see nanopolymers being proven in use, they will find more applications for them,� he says.
Auto applications seems to use nanoclays dispersed in polypropylene. "S�d-Chemie AG, a German supplier of nanoclays, has introduced a new generation of its patented Nanofil� line, offering better processing properties. Two new products can be can be dispersed without changes in processing steps or parameters, says the company. Nanofil SE 3000 is designed for applications in EVA, polyethylene, polypropylene, and polyamide. Nanofil SE 3010 is suited for nylon, polyamide, ABS, polystyrene, and polycarbonate alloys.
ACO now has applications for polyolefins. On its web site it has (new) links to material providers using its clays which I was previously unaware of. However, in general I had problems using the nanocor site.