Do you have problems or concerns using polymeric microspheres in certain solvents and are not sure which microspheres to choose? Making the wrong choice will result in loss of microspheres and density in your application
Polymeric Microspheres are in general incompatible with certain solvents and are generally stable with others. Below is a guideline to consider when using polymeric microspheres and solvents in your formulas.
In general, microspheres are incompatible with:
- Low molecular weight ketones – MEK, acetone
- Low molecular weight alcohols – methanol, ethanol
- Low molecular weight amide – DMF (dimethyl formamide)
Some grades have some level of incompatibility with:
- Alkyl phthalates – di-Butyl, di-Octyl
- Ethyl acetate
- Higher temperature grades tend to be more resistant to these types of solvents
Microspheres are generally stable to:
- Higher molecular weight alcohols and glycols (IPOH, ethylene glycol and above)
- Aromatic hydrocarbons (toluene, xylene)
- Chlorinated hydrocarbons (chloroform, perchloroethylene)
Choosing the right microsphere and solvent for your application will be important to the success of your application/product. Other factors should also be considered such as shear, pressure, heat and time exposure to all of these factors.
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