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Future Prospects

Talc is expected to remain an important filler, as long as suitable deposits are available. It is expected that there will be growth in the use of compacted and densified forms to improve processing rates. It is also believed that there is a scope for more exploitation of the ease in delamination and the reaching of higher aspect ratios than currently exploited. There is said to be good growth prospects in barrier film for food packaging. Really effective surface treatments remain a “Holy Grail,” and true coupling agents have long been sought. This remains a difficult target.


? Particulate Fillers in Thermoplastics

  • ? Particulate Fillers, Selection, and Use in Polymer Composites
  • ? Surface Modifiers for Use with Particulate Fillers

Further Reading

De Armitt C, Hancock M (2003) Chapter 8, Filled thermoplastics. In: Rothon RN (ed) Particulate- filled polymer composites, 2nd edn. Rapra Technology, Shrewsbury, pp 357-423 Flaris V (2010) Chapter 12, Talc. In: Xanthos M (ed) Functional fillers for plastics, 2nd edn. Wiley- VCH, Weinheim, pp 225-239

Hancock M, Rothon RN (2003) Chapter 2, Principal types of particulate fillers. In: Rothon RN (ed) Particulate-filled polymer composites, 2nd edn. Rapra Technology, Shrewsbury, pp 70-72

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