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Bac2 granted materials patent for ElectroPhen low-cost conductive polymer


Southampton, UK, March 22, 2010: Bac2, the cleantech materials company, has been granted materials patents for its electrically conductive polymer trademarked ElectroPhen. The patent covers Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the UK. Patent applications for the material are awaiting grant in Japan, Canada, the USA, South Korea, India and China.

Bac2 has discovered a way to make a phenolic polymer electrically conductive. Phenolic polymers have been used as electrical insulators for over 100 years but ElectroPhen differs from other phenolic polymers in that water is removed from the ElectroPhen resin and replaced with a solvent which is compatible with the resin and allows the introduction of dual function catalysts which initiate the polymerisation of the resin and also impart electro-active properties.

In its raw state, ElectroPhen is one billion times more conductive than other polymers and its characteristics can be tailored to each application through the addition of graphite, metal powders, plasticisers and reinforcers. Bac2 has also evolved a way to delay the polymerization process using a latent acid catalyst known as CSR10. It permits the pre-polymeric mixture to be transported and stored for several months before polymerization, adding flexibility to the manufacturing process and reducing costs.

Its inherent electrical conductivity makes ElectroPhen ideal for applications in fuel cells and other energy storage devices, for RF screening and static electricity protection, and for the manufacture of heating elements and heat sinks.

Bac2's CEO, Mike Stannard, commented: 'It's now very rare for a young, privately-held company to be granted a basic materials patent. It's testimony to the expertise and innovation of our development team, led by Dr. Graham Murray, that we have been able to patent this remarkable new material. We are coming across a vast array of potential applications. We are focusing our business development efforts on the cleantech sector where the characteristics of ElectroPhen make it an ideal material for low cost production of fuel cell components.'

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Bac2 has been granted a patent for ElectroPhen, a unique conductive polymer suitable for numerous cleantech applications

For further information and reader enquiries:
James Lewis, Bac2, Millbrook Technology Campus, Second Avenue, Southampton,
SO15 0DJ, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 23 8031 2784 E-mail: james.lewis@bac2.co.uk
Web: www.bac2.co.uk

PR agency contact:
Bob Jones, TechnoPR Limited, The Old Vicarage, Upper South Wraxall, Bradford-on-Avon,
Wiltshire BA15 2SB, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 1225 866930 E-mail: bob.jones@technopr.com
Web: www.technopr.com

Editors' notes

Bac2 develops materials and components for cleantech applications.
ElectroPhen® is a low-cost, electrically conductive plastic from which the company manufactures conductive plates for fuel cells. ElectroPhen® is also available as a raw material for other electrical and electronic applications.
The CSR range of latent acid catalysts gives better control of pre-polymeric mixes, allowing them to be mixed, stored and then cured at low temperature. This reduces the energy needed in a wide variety of manufacturing processes and cuts costs.
Bac2's latent catalysts are based on recently filed UK Patent Applications 0902863.0 and 0912267.2.
Bac2 has customers in Europe, North and South America, and Asia and the applications for its innovative materials expand with each new development. www.bac2.co.uk.


Publisher Contact Information:

Bac2
+44 (0) 23 8031 2784
james.lewis@bac2.co.uk

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