High Modulus Polymer Composites
Birgit Braun and John R. Dorgan
Summary: A method of producing high molecular weight fil ed polymeric matrices that
have desirable physical characteristics
Description: The introduction of fibers and other fil ers into a polymeric matrix is an
established way of enhancing the physical properties of a given polymer provided that
there is good dispersion and that an intimate interfacial adhesion can be achieved. This
invention provides a method to produce high molecular weight fil ed polymeric matrices
that have desirable physical characteristics. The method includes mixing of a monomer
or oligomer with a pre-formed polymer in the presence of a fil er to initiate an
interchange reaction between a grafted layer of monomer or oligomer on the surface of
the fil er and the pre-formed polymer, leading to the formation of a composite polymer.
The composite materials formed using this method possess superior mechanical
properties compared to similar polymer composition made by either mechanical mixing
or solely polymerization of monomers in the presence of fil ers.
Main Advantages of this Invention
 Produces polymeric matrices that have desirable physical characteristics
 Rapid and economical method
Potential Areas of Application
 Chemical and Polymer production companies
ID number: 5001
Intel ectual Property Status: US 8,569,428
Opportunity: We are seeking an exclusive or non-exclusive licensee for marketing,
manufacturing, and sale of this technology.
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For more information contact:
William Vaughan, Director of Technology Transfer
Colorado School of Mines, 1500 Illinois Street, Guggenheim Hall Suite 314, Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-384-2555; e-mail: wvaughan@mines.edu