The global polymer industry will soon have access to commercial quantities of RAFT agents, thanks to a new licensing arrangement between Boron Molecular and CSIRO.

CSIRO’s reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) technology is a powerful method that allows users to tailor polymer properties with unprecedented control.

Up until now companies have only been able to access much smaller ‘research’ quantities of the agent for R&D evaluation.

With access to commercial volumes of RAFT agents, it is expected that the uptake of the technology in key markets will accelerate significantly, including in the biomedical, personal care, agriculture and the industrial and chemical sectors.

Boron Molecular Director Zoran Manev said the agreement would allow the company to expand its expertise and manufacturing base.

“This agreement with CSIRO broadens the scope of our business and enables us to offer, for the first time, RAFT agents to the marketplace," Mr Maney said.

"We are pleased to be able to offer quality agents in larger quantities for both evaluation and commercial purposes, and at competitive prices.

“We expect that this will expedite the development of new polymer-derived products for a variety of markets.”

Dr Cathy Foley, Chief of CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, said she was very pleased to be working with Boron Molecular in the RAFT agent manufacturing space.

“We are working closely with the team at Boron Molecular to enable commercial supply of RAFT agents suitable for our industry partners.  They are agile and have a track record in delivering bespoke molecules and reagents to industry,” Dr Foley said.

“RAFT has very broad applicability across a range of industry sectors because of the need for new and improved multifunctional polymers for many different applications.”

Contact CSIRO if you would like to discuss using RAFT for your industrial application.

Under the terms of the agreement announced today, Boron Molecular will have the right to mass-manufacture and sell RAFT chain transfer agents globally for both R&D and commercial purposes.

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About Boron Molecular

Boron Molecular is an Australian Company with manufacturing facilities in both Melbourne, Australia and Raleigh, North Carolina. Boron Molecular provides unique building-block molecules and specialist chemistry services to the pharmaceutical, fine chemicals and material science industries from proof of concept synthesis to process development and large scale production at the Melbourne facility. Additionally they also offer a catalogue of boronic acids, boronic acid esters and trifluoroborates and their precursor halides. Boron Molecular utilises these precursor molecules to undertake complex synthetic reactions on scales ranging from milligrams to hundreds of kilograms.

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