FIBRIL Nanotube-Based Masterbatches

Hyperion makes its FIBRIL nanotube-based products available in two different formats: masterbatches (that require subsequent letdown and compounding) and ready-to-mold compounds. For customers requiring special products not listed, contact our Customer Service Department.

Working with FIBRIL Nanotube-Based Masterbatches

As-made nanotubes intertwine into agglomerates that are difficult to disperse. In order to insure consistent, high quality performance, Hyperion performs the initial dispersion of the nanotubes into a wide range of polymers. In addition to ready-to-use compounds, Hyperion offers a series of masterbatches (concentrates) of nanotubes dispersed into polymers. These masterbatches are typically of 15 to 20% concentration by weight and must be diluted to the final concentration.

It is important that the masterbatch dilution (letdown) be done carefully and thoroughly. A poor letdown gives a non-homogeneous mixture of the high viscosity masterbatch resin mixed with the lower viscosity let-down resin. This two-phase mixture can be visualized as small islands of masterbatch in the larger sea of the letdown resin. These small islands of masterbatch will act as a macro-sized, spherical conductive additive instead of the nano-sized, high aspect ratio nanotubes. The sample will perform as if the nanotubes were poorly dispersed, when, in fact, the dispersion is good, but the mixing is the issue. The following paper gives guidelines for equipment and conditions to let down our masterbatches, please read carefully and call us if you have any questions.

Recommendations for Masterbatch Letdown (20KB PDF)

When proper letdown procedures are followed it is possible to get an excellent dispersion of nanotubes in polymer. The photomicrograph (left) is of a compound containing 2% nanotubes in polycarbonate that was obtained by letting down MB6015-00. It was obtained by Dr. Petra Potschke of the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research in Dresden, Germany.

Base Resin
Grade Name
Polystyrene (PS)
Polycarbonate (PC) MB6015-00
Polyetherimide (PEI) MB8515-02
Electrical Resistivity in Amorphous Polymers as a Function of FIBRIL Nanotube Loadings (119KB PDF)
Base Resin Grade Name
Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) MB2525-00
Polypropylene (PP) MB3020-01
High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) MB3520-00
Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) MB6815-00
Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT) MB5015-00
Nylon (Polyamide) 6 (PA6) MB4020-00
Nylon (Polyamide) 6,6 (PA66) MB4620-00
Nylon (Polyamide) 12 (PA12) MB4220-00
Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) MB9015-00
Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS) MB7015-00
Electrical Resistivity in Semi-Crystalline Polymers as a Function of FIBRIL Nanotube Loadings (124KB PDF)
Base Resin Grade Name
Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) MB9315-00
Electrical Resistivity in Fluoropolymers as a Function of FIBRIL Nanotube Loadings (118KB PDF)
Base Resin Grade Name
Fluoroelastomer (FKM) MB9412-00
Ethylene Propylene Diene (EPDM) MB2820-00
Thermoplastic Urethane (TPU) MB3615-01
Base Resin Grade Name
Bisphenol A/ Epichlorohydrin (BPA/EPI) MB1215-00


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