Bayer MaterialScience has received regulatory approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Baytubes®, its multi-wall carbon nanotubes. This enables the company to sell Baytubes® on the American market and reinforces Bayer MaterialScience's role as one of the world's leading manufacturers of carbon nanotubes. The approval covers Baytubes® C 150 P and HP grades that are produced in a plant in Laufenburg, Germany with a capacity of 60 mtpa.
Baytubes® can be added to polymer matrices or metal systems as a modifier or filler to improve their mechanical strength and/or antistatic properties, and are already used in epoxy, thermoplastic and coating systems. The product's applications include sports equipment - ranging from skis and surfboards to hockey sticks and baseball bats - along with other injection-molded and extruded components such as rotor blades for wind turbines.