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A new HPCA monomer

By Gerald Ondrey |

Last month, BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) launched a new crosslinking acrylate monomer, hydroxpropl carbamate acrylate (HPCA), which is said to shorten the processing time for the manufacture of carbamate-based polymers. HPCA enables crosslinkable carbamate units to be incorporated into the polymer in one step instead of the usual two required by existing processes, says BASF. The specialty monomer is synthesized by a biocatalytic process. From HPCA, the carbamate-based polyacrylate can be produced in a single step. BASF is using this enzymatic process in industrial production for the first time. In addition to proven applications in clearcoat systems for the automobile industry, the new monomer offers additional benefits for potential applications in adhesives, says the company.
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