Arkema Partners for Photopolymerization Research


Specialty chemicals company Arkema recently announced a partnership to open a new lab in France for UV-curable material research.

The new lab, located at the Mulhouse Institute of Materials Science, is part of a collaboration with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Université de Haute-Alsace.

According to the company’s release, the lab will help accelerate research into photopolymerization, as well as explore new and more sustainable UV-curable materials. This technology reportedly improves energy savings and doesn’t require the use of solvents.

“Arkema is delighted to launch this new joint laboratory with the CNRS and the University of Haute-Alsace to accelerate our fruitful collaboration,” said Armand Ajdari, R&D Director at Arkema.

“The evolution of photopolymerization techniques favor more efficient and sustainable processes, materials and solutions, in line with Arkema's strategy.”

Arkema reports that it has a history of designing and marketing specialty materials for photopolymerization, including through its Sartomer product line and N3xtDimension product line.

“Our goal is to design more sustainable specialty photopolymer materials for applications such as adhesives, 3D printing, composites, electronics, and coatings, focusing on new market developments like new energies, clean mobility, home efficiency, and lightweight materials,” said Laurent Peyronneau, Vice President at Arkema Coating Additives.

“This initiative will support us to offer better sustainability throughout the value chain.”

Recent Arkema News

At the end of last year, Arkema announced that it had doubled its polyester resins capacity at its Navi Mumbai, India, facility. According to the company, this move reinforced its position in the global powder coatings market and its commitment to developing very low-VOC technologies.

Arkema reportedly invested in the facility in early 2019 to expand geographic coverage of its high-performance, more sustainable and low-VOC products. The site includes a manufacturing unit and a laboratory to provide application development and technical support in the region.

With the capacity doubling of the Reafree powder polyester resins at the facility, the company plans to support its customers’ growth in the area, in the mobility, household and industrial applications, including automotive, home appliances, furniture and sports infrastructure industries.


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