A Non-Toxic Composite Flame Retardant

EPA Contract Number: EPD12018
Title: A Non-Toxic Composite Flame Retardant
Investigators: Ma, Junqing
Current Investigators: Ma, Junqing , Liu, Min
Small Business: Sunocs LLC
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Phase: I
Project Period: March 1, 2012 through August 31, 2012
Project Amount: $80,000
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I (2012) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) , SBIR - Innovation in Manufacturing


Sunocs LLC proposes to develop a non-toxic, low-cost nanocomposite flame retardant that can be used in current building materials, including flexible and rigid polyurethane foam, high-impact polystyrene and expandable polystyrene. The innovation of this proposal is to use a non­toxic, larger vaporization heat agent that will form a fuel dilution protective layer that will inhibit and stop the polymer combustion process. The primary focus of this Phase I project is to synthesize the composite structure and to demonstrate the flame retardant performance by achieving equivalent performance to current halogenated flame retardants in terms of bum test ratings. The compatibility of this flame retardant with building materials will be demonstrated by synthesizing plastic foam articles loaded with the proposed composite flame retardant.

Supplemental Keywords:

flame retardant, polymer combustion, polyurethane foam, polystyrene, building materials, SBIR, nanocomposite, non-toxic flame retardant

Progress and Final Reports:

  • Final Report