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A Green and Unique Thermosetting-Thermoplastic Polycarbonate

Award Information
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Branch: N/A
Contract: EPD17037
Agency Tracking Number: B162B-0003
Amount: $99,990.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 16-NCER-2B
Solicitation Number: SOL-NC-16-00038
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-02-28
Small Business Information
717 Lakefield Road, Unit B
Westlake Village, CA 91361-2694
United States
DUNS: 027362224
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Randy Cameron
 (314) 566-7802
Business Contact
 Zachary Cameron
Title: Marketing Manager
Phone: (314) 724-9276
Research Institution

Of the 300 million tons of plastic produced per year most will take over 100 years to biodegrade. Though there is a growing ability to recycle thermoplastic, there is a 3.7% annual growth in the 50 million tons of thermoset plastic which can't be recycled. _x000D_ _x000D_ This project will develop a completely sustainable aliphatic polycarbonate plastic that is uniquely a recyclable thermoset resin. It has the processability of a thermoplastic, but the structural integrity, chemical resistance and_x000D_ adhesion of a thermoset. When heated over 120°C, the tough, crosslinked polymer network fragments into a low viscosity liquid. But this process is reversible. Upon cooling the material once again crosslinks within 6 hours. Such a product will revolutionize the thermoset plastic market that usually has to heat cure their parts. We have already received interest from companies who produce truck bed liners, rail car liners, bowling balls and polyurethane wheels._x000D_ _x000D_ Ultimately, because of its high performance, this material will also displace much of the larger thermoplastics market. Because of its unique structure, this product will biodegrade faster than other plastics or even commercial_x000D_ polycarbonate. And the biodegredation products are safe for the environment.

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