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PolyMedex Discovery Group announced the expansion of the NanoMed nanoparticle technology to include thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) formulations for the minimally invasive device market. These new formulations dramatically increase the flexural modulus (stiffness) of polymers while maintaining flexibility resulting in increased push and torque performance for catheter devices. These compounds incorporate ultra-fine nanoparticles within the polymer matrix using dispersion technology to create oriented reinforcement at the molecular level. The nanoparticles interact directly with the polymer structure resulting in substantial improvement of selective material properties at low filler loadings.
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