Functionalization: Chemical Reinforcement
Haydale Technologies has developed proprietary functionalization technology to covalently graft functional groups directly onto the surface of individual silicon carbide single crystals that make up SI-TUFF™. Currently, amine and epoxy functionality is available.
Functionalized SI-TUFF™ acts as an external crosslinker, enabling the functionalized materials to covalently bond directly into compatible polymers, forming an extremely strong reinforcing network in the matrix.
Functionalized SI-TUFF™ may offer performance benefits in compatible systems, including:
- Increased abrasion and scratch resistance, impact resistance, hardness, and toughness compared to what is possible with non-functionalized SI-TUFF™ SC-050.
- Improved dispersion quality and ease of mixing, compatibilizing.