The next safe, effective, and green flame retardant…

Bromostyrene monomer

Bromostyrene monomer

It is difficult to judge the long term environmental impacts of new flame retardants (or any new chemical composition) and no one knows where the next innovation will come from or if it will even be a halogenated compound.  However, tomorrow’s innovations are likely to be the made by many of the same people who are innovating in this field today.  Some of the recent patents in this area include:

  • United States Patent Number 7,691,947 entitled “Polymer compositions of bromostyrenes having controlled molecular weight” invented by Wayne Meyer et al. of West Lafayette, IN and issued to Chemtura Corporation of Middlebury, CT;
  • United States Patent No. 7,666,944 entitled “Flame retarded fibers and filaments and process of production therefor” invented by Daniel De Schryver et al. of Bonheiden, BE and issued to Albemarle Corporation of Richmond, VA; and
  • United States Patent 7,645,825 entitled “Flame-retardant polyamide composition” invented by Seki; Masashi of Sodegaura, JP and assigned to Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. of Minato-Ku, Tokyo, JP.