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Recent Advances in Bio-Based Flame Retardant Additives for Synthetic Polymeric Materials

Published: 31 January 2019 in Polymers, pdf file: here

Abstract: It would be difficult to imagine how modern life across the globe would operate in the absence of synthetic polymers. Although these materials (mostly in the form of plastics) have revolutionized our daily lives, there are consequences to their use, one of these being their high levels of flammability. For this reason, research into the development of flame retardant (FR) additives for these materials is of tremendous importance. However, many of the FRs prepared are problematic due to their negative impacts on human health and the environment. Furthermore, their preparations are neither green nor sustainable since they require typical organic synthetic processes that rely on fossil fuels. Because of this, the need to develop more sustainable and non-toxic options is vital. Many research groups have turned their attention to preparing new bio-based FR additives for synthetic polymers. This review explores some of the recent examples made in this field.

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3rd SFPE Europe Conference on Fire Safety Engineering

The 3rd SFPE Europe Conference on Fire Safety Engineering will be held in Málaga, Spain, 22-23 May 2019. Read more: click here

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30th annual FLAME conference

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“Time is running out” for building owners on combustible cladding

Source: Therealestateconversation.com

The requirement to register with the NSW Government follows the introduction of a New South Wales wide ban on certain cladding materials following the tragic Grenfell fire in London in 2017.

Strata corporations and certain building owners have until the 22nd of February to register with the NSW government if their building contains combustible cladding in either a metal composite panel system or an insulated cladding system.

The ban relates to a wide range of materials including:

  • Any cladding system comprising metal composite panels such as aluminium, zinc or copper sandwich panels
  • Any insulated cladding system including a system comprising polystyrene, polyurethane or polyisocyanurate. This can include rendered polystyrene foam panels used as an architectural detail.

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Buildings that are two storeys or more must be registered, including:

  • Apartment buildings
  • Boarding houses, hostels, backpackers accommodation, or residential parts of a hotel, motel, school or detention centre
  • Hospitals, laboratories and health care buildings
  • Assembly buildings, such as theatres, cinemas, universities, child-care centres, nightclubs, schools (including any trade workshop or laboratory in a primary or secondary school), churches, and aged care buildings

Under the new laws, failure to register a building containing combustible cladding is $1,500 for individuals and $3,000 for companies.

If a building owner fails to observe a direction to register by their local Council, Fire NSW, the Department of Planning or the Minister, the fine can be doubled.

“Time is running out for building owners and those holding positions on strata corporations to comply or face significant potential penalties”, said Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers’ Ben Robertson.

“Any person responsible for the management of any commercial or residential building should be seeking immediate inspections to determine if their building contains any declared product if they do not know so already.

“Given the significant implications of the new bans on combustible cladding – and the clear onus of responsibility placed on building owners – it is important that building owners seek legal advice as to their potential liability and how they can comply with these new measures”, Mr Robertson told WILLIAMS MEDIA.

REINSW CEO Tim McKibbin said the Institute “welcomes a reform of the environmental planning and assessment legislation to address the safety risks posed by the use of combustible cladding on buildings.

Read More: Cladding-Regulation-frequently-asked-questions-for-apartment-and-building-owners

Towards advanced flame retardant organic coatings

Towards advanced flame retardant organic coatings: Expecting a new function from polyaniline

https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1YW-J14RJzNY5M

New paper,

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The necessity of research on flame retardancy has directed attentions toward development of advanced coating systems in order to meet requirements of competitive markets. As a result, a wide range of organic coating materials were developed in the quest of higher flame retardancy performance. Polyaniline (PANI) as a promising conductive polymer has been widely considered for various applications, and it quite frequently took credit for the success. This article deals with the benefits expecting from PANI…Read more: click here

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Special Issue “Innovative Flame Retardants”

A special issue of Molecules:  Click here

Dear Colleagues,

Research has increasingly focused on the development of biobased materials to attain the requirements of sustainability. Developing biosourced materials in the future includes polymers as well as additives. Among these additives, flame retardants are the most important market. Bioresources are numerous and provide many opportunities to develop innovative flame retardants. Solutions based on carbohydrates, polyphenols, lipids, or proteins are currently being investigated.

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To be commercially successful, biobased flame retardants must obviously be as efficient as oil-based ones. However, cost may also be a major drawback. Indeed, the development of biobased flame retardants often needs various extraction, purification, and functionalization steps. A solution to be competitive may be to provide multifunctionalities. For instance, combining flame retardancy with anti-aging, plasticizing, crosslinking, conductive properties, and so on would be highly desirable.

This Special Issue aims to gather high-quality papers about the extraction, synthesis, and functionalization of biobased flame retardants, as well as the assessment of their fire proofing properties. Investigations can consider, fully or partially, biobased flame retardants. Multifunctional biobased additives combining several properties (including flame retardancy) will be privileged. Papers on the life-cycle analysis (LCA) of such additives are welcomed.

Dr. Rodolphe Sonnier
Dr. Laurent Ferry
Dr. Henri Vahabi
Guest Editors

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