Hybrid Plastics Inc.'s POSS Imiclear-brand coating is being used to preserve American Indian arrow reproductions.
POSS Imiclear is based on the firm's POSS silicone nanotechnology material combined with polyimide resin. The combination gives a sprayable, colorless coating that resists scratches and scrapes. The coating provides see-through protection of hand-made arrow reproductions. It is tough, adheres well and is highly water repellent.
POSS compounds have particles with average diameter of 1.5 nanometers. Hybrid of Hattiesburg, Miss., claims such compounds are biocompatible, nonflammable and competitively priced compared with conventional polymers. POSS compounds are readily incorporated into polymers through blending, grafting and copolymerization.
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