The long-term collaboration between LANXESS, a leading specialty chemicals company, and the world’s largest manufacturer of single wall carbon nanotubes OCSiAl has been evolving into a very close partnership. It is based on the development of innovative technologies that will provide manufacturers with easy-to-use additives to achieve the desired conductivity levels in a variety of materials without compromising other key properties.
Rhenofit ® CNT-3, CNT-4 and CNT-5 comprise a line of waterborne suspensions based on TUBALL™ that are already being produced by LANXESS on an industrial scale. Rhenofit ® CNT-3 was designed for the use in combination with different latex rubbers, to create homogenous mixed rubber compounds with electrical and thermal conductivity. Rhenofit ® CNT-4 has been designed to allow nanotubes to be easily incorporated into electrodes for lithium-ion batteries, reinforcing the electrode structure and improving its mechanical stability during cycling, and thus doubling the cycle life of the battery. Rhenofit ® CNT-5, and also Rhenofit ® CNT-3, are easy-to-use single wall carbon nanotube suspensions that provide permanent antistatic properties to paints and coatings with minimal impact on their colour or mechanical properties.
LANXESS and OCSiAl are planning to continue further close cooperation in developing TUBALL™-based technologies and products that provide exceptional properties. OCSiAl and LANXESS will jointly display TUBALL™-based Rhenofit ® CNT later this month at the world’s premier fair for the plastics and rubber industries, K-2016, at booth C06 in hall 7-2 .
LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.9 billion in 2015 and about 16,700 employees in 29 countries. The company is currently represented at 55 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, specialty chemicals and plastics. Through ARLANXEO, the joint venture with Saudi Aramco, LANXESS is also a leading supplier of synthetic rubber. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World) and FTSE4Good. Detailed information about the company is available on the LANXESS
OCSiAl was the first company to develop breakthrough technology for the production of single wall carbon nanotubes, enabling large-scale commercial use for the first time. In 2014 it entered the nanomaterials market with the universal additive TUBALL™, which contains 75% of single wall carbon nanotubes. OCSiAl is developing technologies based on nanotubes for a range of applications including lithium-ion batteries, elastomers, transparent conductive films, composite materials and others. In 2016 it launched a unique technology – the super concentrate TUBALL™ MATRIX. OCSiAl has regional offices in the USA, Luxembourg, Russia, Korea, China, Hong Kong and India.