Innovation

Shin-Etsu Chemical Develops New Silicone Materials for Heat Dissipation in EVs, Hybrids

Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd. (TYO:4063) has developed a range of new silicone materials for heat dissipation, and is targeting these toward use in electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). With the global automotive sector moving toward electrification at an increasing pace, the market is seeing more advanced and diverse demands for heat countermeasures in the likes of lithium-ion...

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Zeon Uses Single-Walled CNTs to Develop Conductive Silicone Rubber With Medical Applications

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) has used single-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to develop a masterbatch that significantly improves the conductivity of silicone rubber. Compounds using this new masterbatch are being targeted toward use in medical equipment that can help limit the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and similar conditions. Zeon is pursuing joint research here alongside Novation Solutions LLC (NovationSi), a U.S.-based manufacturer...

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Shin-Etsu Chemical Develops Moldable Silicone for Lighter Molded Rubber Parts

Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd. (TYO:4063) has developed a first-of-its-kind low-density moldable silicone for producing lighter rubber molded parts with the company’s Liquid Injection Molding System (LIMS). The conventional method of making silicone rubber more lightweight has been to add a blowing agent to millable silicone rubber to shape it into a sponge, but Shin-Etsu Chemical’s new product does away with...

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Toyoda Gosei, Tokyo University Team up to Develop Cross-Linking Technology for Stronger Rubber

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) has worked with the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Frontier Sciences to develop a cross-linking technology that enables stronger synthetic rubber. Rubber using this technology not only offers better physical strength against impacts and friction but is also resistant to rupturing. The new technology works by chemically integrating a polyrotaxane – a polymer with...

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Mitsubishi Chemical Develops Highly Heat Resistant Grade of Silicone Rubber Film

Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. recently announced the development of a new grade under its Keiju line of silicone rubber films, giving customers the option to access a more heat-resistant option than was available with existing grades. Born from Mitsubishi Chemical’s proprietary processing technologies, Keiju is notable for being very thin with a high level of precision in thickness. Further, it offers...

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JSR to Set up Joint Research Department With Institute of Statistical Mathematics

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) and the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (ISM) recently announced that they have agreed to establish a joint research department named the JSR-ISM Smart Chemistry Lab, with aims being to get started this month. Through this joint lab, the partners intend to develop basic technologies that promote data-driven materials research. These technologies will then be used to significantly...

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