By Gary Thomas
Connora Technologies, a cleantech chemistry and materials startup firm, announced that it has started the commercialization of its Recyclamine hardener, the first recyclable epoxy technology in the world.
Recyclamine - the World’s First Recyclable Epoxy Technology
This patented technology helps to overcome the growing burden in the manufacture of epoxy composites and provides an economically viable and cost-effective solution. Recyclamine can be utilized with any epoxy resin solution to produce fully recyclable composite materials.
Epoxy, a versatile plastic, is categorized as a thermosetting plastic or thermoset, which is well-known for its lightweight strength. Thermosets play a major role in the worldwide composite industry and they have wide applications, including sporting goods, energy and transportation. Till now, thermoset-based composites cannot be entirely recycled, though thermosets are more ideal for manufacturing composites in a cost-effective way.
Dr. Stefan Pastine, Founder and CTO of Connora Technologies, stated that their main aim is to transform the approach, in which the composite industry views recycling. He added that they have used an innovative cradle-to-cradle solution, rather than employing a conventional cradle-to-grave method, to solve a basic design problem. They have restructured the molecular design of the plastic material to achieve this, said Pastine.
In the future, composites produced with Recyclamine epoxy hardeners can be transformed again into their base components by using a proprietary recycling technique. These components can later be re-used, repurposed or re-sold.