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This book focuses on non-halogenated flame retardants in a holistic but practical manner. The book starts with an overview of the regulations and customer perceptions driving non-halogenated flame retardant selection over older halogenated technologies. It then moves into separate chapters covering the known major classes of non-halogenated flame retardants. These chapters will be written by known experts in those specific chemistries who are also industrial experts in how to apply that technology to polymers for fire safety needs. The book will conclude with some of the newer technologies in place that are either niche performers or may be commercial in the near future. Future trends in flame retardancy will also be discussed.
The book takes a practical approach to addressing the narrow subject of non-halogenated flame retardancy. This includes more emphasis on flame retardant selection for specific plastics, practical considerations in flame retardant material design, and what the strengths and limits of these various technologies are. Previous flame retardant material science books have covered non-halogenated flame retardants, but they focus more on how they work rather than how to use them. This book focuses more on the practical uses, hence the title of the book “Handbook”, which should make it of good use to industrial chemists and material scientists.