Monolith Materials produces an environmentally friendly carbon black from methane with almost zero emissions of CO2, SOx, and NOx. Monolith’s plasma black has been found to be similar to furnace black in elastomer applications. Detailed analytical characteristics of Monolith plasma carbon black as well as reinforcing and compounding properties will be presented. Monolith plasma carbon black has been studied in ESBR, SSBR, EPDM, BIIR, CIIR, NR, BR, and various other elastomer systems. Dispersion, tensile and elongation, RPA, Mooney, tack, DIN abrasion, aging, and various other properties have been studied.
The combination of the analytical properties with the strong reinforcing properties of plasma black creates an interesting story with regard to the nature of the cause of reinforcement of carbon black in rubber. The basic understanding of the nature of carbon black reinforcement and the nature in which plasma black reinforces rubber will be discussed.