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Kunststoffe international 2017/12

Flame Retardant with Molecular Anchor

Sustainable Alternative for Forbidden HBCD in Polystyrene Insulating Materials

Flame Retardant with Molecular Anchor

Since August 2015, the flame retardant hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) may not be used for insulating materials. After many years of research and development, an adequate substitute has been developed, which is suitable for extruded as well as expanded polystyrene foams. It is neither toxic nor bioaccumulative according to the European REACH regulation and the Stockholm Convention’s worldwide POP (persistent organic pollutant) list.

Dr. Inken Beulich; Dr. Christine Lukas

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