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Tyre Catalysts

In order to improve the mechanical properties of the rubber which is the main constituent of commercial tyres, a vulcanization process takes place which utilizes catalytic materials.

The most common catalyst for this process is microcrystalline ZnO, 600,000 tonnes of which are used each year in the tyre manufacturing industry.

However, ZnO can be harmful to aquatic organisms and as a result, YS Cypriot Catalysts provides into the market as reprentative of Monolithos a novel ZnO-NP@SiO2-NP material composed of ZnO and silica nanoparticles, to reduce the toxicity of ZnO.

Moreover, the material also behaves as curing agent and rubber reinforcing filler, thus enhancing the mechanical properties of the tyres.

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