Chemical Resistance

Protecting metal and non-metal substrates from harsh chemicals

Innovative anti-corrosion primers with graphene


…by enhancing your coating with a graphene-based alternative.

Graphene-based corrosion protection offer performance uplifts


…with outstanding protection against harsh chemicals.

Graphene-based corrosion protection offers a competitive advantage in the market

Stand Out…

…with a product that adds value and offers a competitive advantage.

Chemical Resistant Coatings

Chemical permeation is a major issue in markets like chemical processing and storage, oil and gas, marine and transportation, where both internal and external surfaces are exposed to chemical attack.

Prolonged contact from full submersion, splashes, spills and fumes from a range of chemical substances can lead to visual discolouration, gloss reduction and blistering, all of which can have a negative impact on coating performance. As a result, manufacturers constantly strive to develop surface protection systems that can resist chemicals and protect the substrate from contamination.

Graphene nanoplatelet dispersions enable high-performance paints and coatings to more effectively protect a substrate against harsh chemicals in highly aggressive environments.

Why Innovate with Graphene?

Outstanding barrier performance

Flexibility in formulation for improved physical properties

Cost-competitive solutions

How Does Graphene Compare?

Example Coating Performance in Lactic Acid – 28 Day Immersion Testing

Complete Coating Failure of 20% Glass Flake Control System
5% Genable 1200 Dispersion
6.66% Genable 1400 Dispersion
10% Glass Flake + 5% Genable 1200 Dispersion
10% Glass Flake + 3.33% Genable 1400 Dispersion

Example Coating Performance in Sodium Hypochlorite – 28 Day Immersion Testing

Coating Damage of 20% Glass Flake Control System
5% Genable 1200 Dispersion
6.66% Genable 1400 Dispersion
10% Glass Flake + 5% Genable 1200 Dispersion
10% Glass Flake + 3.33% Genable 1400 Dispersion

Less Really is More!

The uplift in coating performance was seen with as little as a 2.5% addition of UM’s Genable graphene nanoplatelet dispersions, compared to a much higher 20% loading level of Glass Flake.

By reducing the amount of filler required in the coating, it is also possible that secondary benefits could be achieved such as increased substrate adhesion, higher impact resistance and improvement in flexibility.

Replacing traditional filler content with a small amount of UM’s high-performance graphene additive not only offers performance improvements from a cost-competitive solution, but enables greater flexibility in formulation to allow coating innovators to develop their next generation of chemical resistant paints.

The Performance Advantages of Graphene Nanoplatelets

Epoxy Coating Chemical Resistance Comparison

In comprehensive tests, UM compared the chemical resistance performance of graphene-enhanced epoxy resin coating formulations against an industry standard glass flake-filled alternative.

The coatings were immersed in a range of acidic and alkaline solutions to enable a broad understanding of performance, with both the graphene-only coatings and graphene-glass flake hybrid systems significantly outperforming the standalone traditional glass flake additive.

Not only was the superior performance visually clear with less blistering, but the results also showed a marked improvement in gloss retention and hardness with the addition of graphene.

UM offers a selection of different Genable graphene dispersions optimised to meet a variety of application needs.

Our dispersions have already demonstrated proven anti-corrosion performance advantages; the latest chemical resistance results offer users yet another way to innovate, perform and stand out with a graphene-reinforced paint or coating.

Information Downloads

Overview of Chemical Resistance Test ResultsDownload
Genable 1200 DatasheetDownload
Genable 1400 Datasheet (UK/EU)Download
Genable 1400 Datasheet (US)Download
Graphene Dispersions for Chemical Resistance FlyerDownload
Results by Chemical
Butyl CellosolveDownload
De-Ionised WaterDownload
Lactic AcidDownload
Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK)Download
Sodium HydroxideDownload
Sodium HypochloriteDownload
Sulphuric AcidDownload
Lactic Acid HybridDownload
Sodium Hypochlorite HybridDownload

UM has developed an industry-leading position in the application of graphene with our innovative dispersion products. Speak to a chemist about your application today at on +44 (0)1642 438214.

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