Natural Foams’ Green Chemistry Showcased at Polymeric Materials Conference

At the 26th Annual Conference on Recent Advances in Flame Retardancy of Polymeric Materials in Stamford, Connecticut, May 17-20, 2015, Clariant Corporation presented a paper highlighting the historically low emissions achieved by Natural Foams Technology using Clariant's award-winning Exolit OP 560 material to add fire protection to flexible foam. See a PDF of the presentation below.

The event attracted 160 attendees globally from industry, academia, research institutes, and government agencies.

Sessions included “Fire Hazards of Lithium Ion Batteries” (Dr. Richard Lyon, U.S. FAA), Upholstered Furniture Fire Safety: Recent Findings and Regulations (Dr. Marcelo Hirshler, GHB International), and Reformulating Targeted Materials: How this impacts Aerospace OEMs (John Harris, The Boeing Company).

Tim Reilly of Clariant Corporation presented a paper entitled  “The use of Oligomeric Phosphonate to add Fire Protection to Sustainable Polyurethane Foam,” which demonstrated recent formulation breakthroughs concerning technology developed by Natural Foams Technology.  NFTech uses Clariant’s Exolit OP 560 flame retardant in its high bio-content flexible foams to enable a high level of fire safety.

The presentation also discussed NFTech’s leading support for bio-renewables, producing foams with up to 53% bio content that are also certified part of the USDA’s BioPreferred Program.

Cone Calorimeter Foam Sample Analysis - Smoke Reduction

Much of the technical focus was on data supporting OP 560’s non-migrating, non-emissive performance in the bio-foams. Emissions data further supported that a high level of fire safety is possible without any adverse impact on human health and the environment.

You can find more information about attendees and a full roster of topics discussed by visiting BCC’s conference website.