Creating a non-hazardous polymerisation catalyst
The ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) has recently given cobalt octoate – a free form of cobalt – a more stringent reproductive toxicity classification.
Finding an effective alternative
Preparing for future restrictions, an IMCD customer asked our Advanced Materials team for support in replacing the cobalt octoate-based polymerisation catalyst crucial to their process.
IMCD was able to offer the customer an excellent alternative: a polymerisation catalyst with a non-hazardous profile, containing cobalt “bound” in a polymeric structure. In cooperation with its principal, IMCD also developed several custom-made mix accelerators based on this non-hazardous catalyst.
These bespoke 1:1 drop-in solutions allowed the customer to replace reclassified cobalt carboxylate complexes without having to modify current formulations.
Thanks to the complex matrix polymer structure of those innovative products, the structure of cobalt carboxylates could be realised by 100%, with non-hazardous characteristics and the highest level of environmental performance.