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Get the Right Mix of Microspheres & Solvents in Your Formula

Posted by Mark Elve on Jun 17, 2019 10:19:48 AM
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Getting the right mix of microspheres & solvents in your formulaDo 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
  • Cyclohexanone 
  • Ethyl acetate
  • Higher temperature grades tend to be more resistant to these types of solvents

Microspheres are generally stable to:

  • Water
  • Higher molecular weight alcohols and glycols (IPOH, ethylene glycol and above)
  • Alkanes 
  • Aromatic hydrocarbons (toluene, xylene)
  • Chlorinated hydrocarbons (chloroform, perchloroethylene)

Related Article: What's the Best Choice for Your Application? Thermoplastic vs. Glass Microspheres

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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Topics: Polymeric Microspheres, Chemical Intermediates, Solvents