Thomas R. Maier, Ph D
Chief Technology Officer, Monolith Materials
B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. – Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Case Western
JD – Case Western
M.B.A. – Finance and Strategic Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Licensed Ohio and U.S. patent attorney
Monolith Materials produces an environmentally friendly carbon black from methane with almost zero emissions of CO2, SOx, and NOx. Monolith’s plasma black has been found to be equivalent in plastics applications. Dispersion and compounding properties were studied in HDPE, PP, Nylon, and several other thermoplastic polymer systems. High loading masterbatches were prepared and let down. Dispersion, DMA, izod impact, flex, tensile properties, resistivity, tint, jetness and other properties were studied. Essentially no differences could be found between plasma carbon black produced by Monolith Materials compared to furnace black produced by an incumbent.
The New Plasma Black: Performance and Environmental Benefit