Arkema announced a partnership with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Université de Haute-Alsace to inaugurate a new lab at the Mulhouse Institute of Materials Science. The company says this lab will help accelerate research into photopolymerization, a future-oriented technology that improves energy savings and doesn’t require the use of solvents. It will also explore new and more sustainable UV-curable materials.

“Arkema is delighted to launch this new joint laboratory with the CNRS and the University of Haute-Alsace to accelerate our fruitful collaboration,” said Armand Ajdari, R&D director at  Arkema. “The evolution of photopolymerization techniques favor more efficient and sustainable processes, materials, and solutions, in line with Arkema's strategy."

“Our goal is to design more sustainable specialty photopolymer materials for applications such as adhesives, 3D-printing, composites, electronics, and coatings, focusing on new market developments like new energies, clean mobility, home efficiency, and lightweight materials. This initiative will support us to offer better sustainability throughout the value chain,” said Laurent Peyronneau, vice president at Arkema Coating Additives.

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