A New Cold Resistant Polymer from Oil Refining Wastes

May 30th, 2017

The scientific team of Tomsk Polytechnic Institute together with foreign colleagues has developed a light and durable material from oil-refining waste. The material can remain undamaged under freezing temperatures in the Arctic Region. One of the special prospects of the international scientific centre “The Chemistry of the Future” established at the premises of the Institute is the creation of new materials.  The scientists of this institute, in particular, the department of organic materials and polymers, have been already cooperating with Ghent University, Belgium.

The main focus of the researchers was to create a material able to resist extremely low temperatures.  Cold weather strongly affects conventional polymers which while freezing become brittle. A united team has developed the material which is lighter than its analogues and does not change the structure thus remaining strong under low temperatures.

Russian and Belgium scientists created a polymer based on dicyclopentadiene, the oil waste which is mainly received after monomer production as well as polyethene and polypropylene manufacture. A new material has low-density and therefore possesses high-tension properties. In addition, the scientists offer several ways of the material modernization that only enhances its durability and resistance in cold weather conditions. Due to this, this polymer can be applied in the industrial production of various composites. It will be a perfect solution for those who produce housing for automotive and underwater vehicles, meteorological stations, etc.

The engineers have received laboratory samples of the polymers, however, are still looking for a prom partner to bring the product to the market.  One of the first clients attracted by the new technology is a Russian gas processing and petrochemicals giant SIBUR.