Pune: CSIR-NCL Signs Licensing Agreement With SKYi Innovations LLP

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Pune, 13th January 2022: CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL), Pune and SKYi Innovations LLP, Pune, signed a know-how licensing agreement for the “Process for the synthesis of hyperbranched polymers.”

Hyperbranched polymers have different applications such as compatibilizers for polymer blends, rheological modifiers for polymer-based systems, and chain extenders. The synthesis process uses commercially available raw materials and generates the hyperbranched polymer in a single reaction step. It is an eco-friendly process since it is solvent-free and involves a metal-free catalyst. The side products can be recycled. The technology was the outcome of the research work done by Dr. Ashootosh Ambade, Principal Scientist from the Polymer Science & Engineering Division.

The CSIR-NCL know-how will be used to synthesize hyperbranched (HB) polymer for application as additives for improvement in the properties of engineering plastics such as polyamides, polyesters, and other polymers like bioplastics. These polymers can be used in structural applications. The process will help SKYi Innovations to start indigenous production of HB polymer as a part of its ‘Make in India’ efforts since this product is currently imported.

SKYi Innovations has been a part of the SKYi group having a broader vision of developing environment friendly sustainable solutions. SKYi Innovations is one of the leading manufacturers of long fiber thermoplastics (LFT) globally, with largest production facility in India. They represent FkuR GmbH in Southeast Asia for biocompostable polymer materials. They have developed different products such as thermoplastics UD tapes for High Tech engineering applications as a technology leader.

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