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Specialty Chem Company Partners with UMass

Monday, March 18, 2019

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Specialty chemicals company Lygos Inc. (Berkeley, California) recently announced that it is partnering with the Center for University of Massachusetts-Industry Research on Polymers.

The partnership, led by professors Harry Bermudez and Shaw Ling Hsu of the UMass-Amherst Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, aims to identify new formulations “that will result in high-value, stable and sustainable materials, such as impact-absorbing foams, composites and durable coatings,” according to Lygos.

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Specialty chemicals company Lygos Inc. recently announced that it is partnering with the Center for University of Massachusetts-Industry Research on Polymers.

These polymers are reportedly currently produced using petrochemical-based processes that are not only toxic to the environment but also represent a health risk to workers and end-users.

“Together with Professors Bermudez and Hsu and their team at the University of Massachusetts, we aim to produce various high-value, thermally stable polymer systems that can eventually replace harmful petro-based processes, reclaim local manufacturing, revive industrial innovation and revitalize the circular economy,” said Johan van Walsem, Chief Operations Officer of Lygos.

The team will be working on achieving the ideal balance of chain extension and crosslinking, and will look at the application of malonates with multiple reactivities and variable hydrophilicity in crosslinked systems including foams, coatings, adhesives and films.

“Most crosslinked materials are developed and used because of their attractive properties and thermal stability,” said David Waldman, Ph.D. Director.

“It is also precisely these special attributes that make them particularly challenging to characterize. The innovative approaches powering this collaboration promise to substantially expand our understanding and control of these systems.”


Tagged categories: Business matters; Coating chemistry; Good Technical Practice; NA; North America; Research and development

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