Jakub Lison is a chemist with 15 years of experience in the plastics industry. After graduating with a master’s degree in chemistry from City College of New York he worked as a fire testing engineer at a commercial testing laboratory. In 2014 Jakub joined ICL’s research department and was responsible for research projects and technical support for ICL’s flame retardants in thermoplastics. Later he assumed the role of Technical Manager for Americas, responsible for technical support of ICL’s flame retardant business. In addition to the technical support duties, he is actively involved in standards and codes development at ASTM and UL.
ICL developed a new generation of polymeric, sustainable flame retardants. These novel polymeric products are designed for water-based clear wood lacquers. Use of these additives allows the coated wood to pass certain flammability tests required by building codes around the world. Depending on the products used, formulators have options to adjust the appearance of the coating, preserving the natural wood look in parallel to passing the flammability standards. The presentation will overview flame retardant products currently used in wood coatings, and data acquired with the new developments. The data will include small-scale and large-scale flammability results (including SBI and steiner tunnel testing), as well as appearance and properties of coatings prepared with the flame retardants.