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    Better Dispersion and Longer Service Life with Microthene® F

     

LyondellBasell Microthene® F products are ultrafine, spherically shaped polyolefin powders with an average particle size of 20 microns. Their uniform shape and narrow particle size distribution make Microthene® F an effective thixotropic for lubricants. Microthene® F powders improve the smoothness properties of a surface and can restrict the shrinkage of a finished part. Plastics used in applications such as automotive, appliance, electrical, and carbon water filters benefit from the properties of the microfine particle size. Grades are available in low-density polyethylene (LDPE), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA). 

 

Microthene® F improves the gloss in plastics, specifically in molding applications. When utilized as a low-profile additive (LPA), processability improves, and the finished product may not require mold release agents. In addition to its low-profile additive benefits, Microthene® F can work as a binder in filters and batteries, an anti-tack agent for tacky polymers, a viscosity modifier for grease, and a sintering agent in ceramics. 

Why Choose LyondellBasell Microthene® F?

  • Excellent thixotropic properties
  • Microfine powder form disperses easily and aids in the suspension of other additives within lubricants and greases
  • Composed of a single polyolefin resin with a single melting point, whereas the competition is a low–molecular weight wax blend with multiple melting points
  • Improved thermal stability and longer service life
  • Broad FDA food contact approval
  • Microthene® F powder is easily colored and absorbs pigments 

Microthene® F Powder Versus Competitor

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    Microthene®  F Polyethylene Powder
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    Competitor: Low Molecular Weight Wax Blend
    Grade Type Particle Size Melt Index Density
    FA 700
    HDPE
    20 micron
    10
    0.952
    FA 709
    HDPE
    20 micron (flow enhanced)
    10
    0.952
    FE 532
    EVA (9% VA)
    20 micron
    10
    0.926
    FN 501
    LDPE
    20 micron
    22
    0.915
    FN 510
    LDPE
    20 micron
    4.7
    0.923
    FN 519
    LDPE
    20 micron (flow enhanced)
    4.7
    0.923

Summary

Contact a technical specialist today to determine which Microthene® F grade works best for your formulation. 

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