In blended polymer compounds, three potential states exist: miscible, compatible and incompatible. The latter, although the least preferred, is the most common. Many industrially relevant polymer blends are based on incompatible components, and are enhance in both performance and value through the use of chemistry. Judicious selection of appropriate chemistry will improve performance by enhancing the adhesion between incompatible phases. Similarly, pairing chemistry is the foundations of adhesive formulations whereby hydrocarbon resins are selected from a broad portfolio of aliphatic and aromatic materials that are compatible with the host polymer of choice. In either instance, Cray Valley has the chemistry toolbox to augment the performance of your applications.
Compatibility, or compatibilizing agents, have many industrial applications, including polymer-polymer alloys, hot melt or pressure sensitive adhesives, and formulated rubber compounds.