2020 Thermoplastic Elastomers Conference

Amit Desai

Kraton SEBS Polymers for Automotive Applications


Because of the combination of the unique chemistry of styrenic block copolymers and the Kraton value proposition of superior manufacturing and application development competencies, Kraton polymers have been used for a variety of applications in the Auto industry. Examples include delivering soft-touch haptics to automotive interior components, combination of high flow and elasticity for seals, and low solution viscosity for low VOC coatings.  In this presentation, we will cover in detail two applications of Kraton Polymers.  In the first application, we demonstrate how Kraton polymers can improve the low temperature ductility of talc-filled polypropylene compounds without comprising on other properties.  In the second application, we describe how high-flow Kraton SEBS enables IMSS technology, and allows molding of thin-walled large parts

About the Speaker

Amit Desai is currently a scientist at Kraton Polymers.  His role is to develop new applications for Kraton polymers (styrenic block copolymers) and support existing businesses and customers across different industries, with a focus on the automotive industry.  He has a bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD. in mechanical engineering.  He has experience with technology translation and commercialization as an academic researcher, a co-founder of a start-up and an application scientist in specialty chemical companies.  He has expertise in different areas of engineering and sciences, especially polymer physics and polymer processing, material science, micro and nanofabrication, MEMS, microfluidics, micro and nanoscale mechanics, material and chemical characterization and analysis

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