By Patrick Raleigh UT On-line/news editorRichardson, Texas-Zyvex Corp. has launched two nanotube-based additives, which it claims, can significantly increase the thermal conductivity and mechanical strength of polyurethane materials. The firm unveiled the NanoSolve-branded products at the Polyurethane Manufacturers Association's annual meeting and exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia. One product is based on single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), the other on multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs), according to Zyvex. Both are specially designed for dispersion in polyurethanes, added a 4 May company statement. An important aspect of these two products is the product development andmanufacturing flexibility that they provide. Both products providedemonstrable increases in thermal conductivity and mechanical strength, atvarious loadings."This gives the composite manufacturer a range of formulation options tochoose from that meet specific material design and price parameters," claimedRobert Folaron, Zyvex product development director. "Because of our recent work building a reliable, quality supply chain, Zyvex is ready to offer these additives as true industrial materials," Folaron added in the company statement."