Description   Chemical additives and agents include a wide range of materials added to polymer resins, paints and coatings, adhesives, and other substances to modify specific processing or end-use properties. They include catalysts, wetting agents, levelers, clarifiers, coupling agents, deflocculants, thinners, thickeners, anti-caking agents and other chemicals.   Forms   Chemical additives and agents are available in many...
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Q & A on Chemical Additives and Agents

We asked our users for their input on Chemical Additives and Agents. Here are the results of 123 users familiar with Chemical Additives and Agents.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice |

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Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing chemical additive and agent design?
18 answers
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Nanotechnology drastically alters performance and properties and will play a major, as yet unclear, role in the way these additives will get used.
~Vishnu B, Chief Executive, Engineering Consulting, Bangalore, India
New polymers adapting some raw materials.
~Jorge Valenzuela --, Research & Development, Santiago, Chile
Nanosized additives and/or nanofiller interactions with common additives.
~Alberto P., Consultant, Milano, Italy
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From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative chemical additives and agents?
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We don't have a specific company;, in many cases we start looking for the raw material, not the company.
~Jorge Valenzuela --, Research & Development, Santiago, Chile
BASF undoubtedly. Also, several specialty chemicals producers in India and China.
~Vishnu B, Chief Executive, Engineering Consulting, Bangalore, India
Arkema, Croda, Songwon, Ciba, Miliken
~BEE CS, Marketing/Sales, Selangor, Malaysia
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Applications and UseTop

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What are some of the applications you have used chemical additives and agents for?
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Metallic salts for PVC stabilizer, Fatty acid, alcohol for surface active agent, Low molecular weight polymer as blending promiter, Amodified amines and other organic chemicals as cross linking promoters and polymerization modifiers.
~Dr. Shivanna S, Research & Development, Pune - 411007, INDIA
Chemical Additives in the Plastics, Polymers, Fuel & Lubricants Additives, Paper, Textile Wet Processing , Leather and Water Treatment (Cooling Water, Boiler Water & Effluents)
~Quality Control/Assurance, Thane, India
Formulations of chemical admixtures for constructions such as: waterproofing, Shotcrete accelerators, super plasticizers, corrosion protections coatings.
~Jorge Valenzuela --, Research & Development, Santiago, Chile
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Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that chemical additives and agents have been used for.
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Many natural substances can be used for the metal surface treatment & preparation instead of the health & environment hazardous inorganic chemical substances. For instance, extract of any acidic fruit can be used to clean and shine non ferrous metals in the place of commonly used acids & fluorides.
~Sachin Kanse, Proprietor, Belgaum, India
Mechanical properties improvement, design change, EMI properties
~Balakrishnan Subramanian, Research & Development, Chennai, India
Cosmetics bottle, PET bottle, PP+PET recycle materials
~Amy Wang, Exporting manager, Chengdu, China
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Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of chemical additives and agents?
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A batch of Stainless Steel cleaning chemical was prepared and the chemist made a terrible mistake selecting the proportion of the additives; we submerged the part in it and never found the part again, it got all dissolved in that chemical.
~Sachin Kanse, Proprietor, Belgaum, India
Yes. An agent for dull nylon of wrong size damaged the physical properties of the yarn and the company almost went bankrupt.
~Andres Galeano, Research & Development, Barranquilla, Colombia
Yes, structural problems in buildings and or constructions due to incorrect use of it's chemical additives.
~Jorge Valenzuela --, Research & Development, Santiago, Chile
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FeaturesTop

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What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
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Must be safe to handle, non-toxic, influence performance at low dosages, preferably in liquid form for blending.
~Vishnu B, Chief Executive, Engineering Consulting, Bangalore, India
Wish export silicone additives to all over the world, to help those thermoplastics manufacture.
~Amy Wang, Exporting manager, Chengdu, China
Additives to improve metabolic activity in human body, solid state polymerization promoters.
~Dr. Shivanna S, Research & Development, Pune - 411007, INDIA
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Buying AdviceTop

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Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using chemical additives and agents?
13 answers
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Those thermoplastic manufactures, especially for the following industries : (1) Wire&cable compounds (2) Automobile compounds (3) Packaging film (4) Plastic pipes (5) TPE compounds (6) engineering polymers (7) fiber glass (8) Outsole of shoes ...... Those silicone additives can help your products improve the processing properties and surface quality ...
~Amy Wang, Exporting manager, Chengdu, China
We offer to our consumers our local solutions in the Chilean market. We have learned that in many applications, we must find the specific solution for this market, for example we are doing in South America ( Brazil, Peru , Argentine).
~Jorge Valenzuela --, Research & Development, Santiago, Chile
Most of the low cost chemicals have adverse effect on the environment, the cleaning, disposable or the effluent treatment cost of the same can be greater than the eco friendly substitute.
~Sachin Kanse, Proprietor, Belgaum, India
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Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of chemical additives and agents?
10 answers
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There are classes of chemicals that deliver a certain property eg. viscosity modification. A bit of understanding of the basic chemistry of performance modification shortens the chase, allows to create a shortlist of likely compounds and minimizes disappointment with product performance.
~Vishnu B, Chief Executive, Engineering Consulting, Bangalore, India
Always insist to check the Material Safety Data Sheet of the chemicals, check how it could cause the damage to human health & environment and how to avoid it and its cost. The cost of disposing of the substance is always greater than expected.
~Sachin Kanse, Proprietor, Belgaum, India
We commented in the question N° 8 : Local solution to local market, especially in the application research (because in basic research the chemical composition is most important).
~Jorge Valenzuela --, Research & Development, Santiago, Chile
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