Posted on 15/02/2015 in News 32 2015
N-49-04 “The world can really benefit from flame retardant wood”

“The world can really benefit from flame retardant wood”

High school students and a polymer research centre have teamed up to develop “a sustainable method to make wood used in construction flame retardant”. Funded by the Garcia Research Scholar Program, in cooperation with Stony Brook University, the project looked at combining the PIN flame phosphorus RDP into a compound (patent pending) to impregnate wood’s natural structure, resulting in a wood-plastic composite with UL94 V0 fire performance, which is more effective than current commercially available solutions.

RDP has been identified by the US Environment Protection Agency as a preferred substitute for halogenated flame retardants. The pure product can have toxicity issues, but it is safe once incorporated into materials such as clays or cellulose and can ensure fire protection without decomposing into potentially toxic by-products in case of fire. One of the student team explained: ““What interested me the most was that it could be used to safeguard homes and buildings. The idea that the world can really benefit from flame retardant wood was my greatest motivation for this project”. 

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