Planetary Centrifugal Mixer Applications

Planetary Centrifugal Mixers Excel at the Smallest of Details

Planetary centrifugal mixers are not strangers to the world of “nano” materials, which makes them particularly useful to many industries. These multi-capable machines are also known as paste mixers and use a no-touch, no-blade process to mix materials using simultaneous rotation and revolution. When a vacuum-based planetary centrifugal mixer is used, the final product is a perfectly blended mixture, with bubbles removed even at a submicron level. The smallest of bubbles don’t stand a chance against these proficient machines. Furthermore, planetary centrifugal mixers completely disperse nano particles, which eliminates aggregations. These characteristics help planetary centrifugal mixers achieve a homogeneous and degassed blend of nanoparticles and other materials.

In the Journal of Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, a study was conducted in order to assess epoxy composites reinforced with NegativeCTE ZrW2O8 nanoparticles for electrical applications. The researchers added nanocomposites to an epoxy resin, with an amine hardener and zirconium tungstate/epoxy suspension. They processed this mixture with a Mazerustar planetary centrifugal mixer, which enabled them to blend the materials at a high speed, while also deaerating the mixture. They discovered that the ZrW2O8/epoxy nanocomposites had optimal thermal, mechanical, and dielectric properties, which could be used in variety of electrical applications such as coatings, adhesives, insulators, and more. The precision obtained from the planetary centrifugal mixer may help improve manufacturing in the nanoelectronics industry. Torrey Hills Technologies offers two lines of planetary centrifugal mixers: their own innovative SI-PM series, and paste mixers by Mazerustar. Both brands of planetary centrifugal mixers are highly recommended for the reproducibility and standardization of results, regardless of application.

In a study published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, researchers used chemically modified graphene oxide wrapped porous hematite nano-architecture as a high rate lithium-ion battery anode material so that they could assess its ability to store energy efficiently. In essence, fabricated nanocomposites were blended with carbon black and sodium alginate, using Millipore water as solvent. After blending the nanoparticle slurry with a Mazerustar planetary mixer, the researchers discovered that using blended nanostructures creates high performing electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries by improving their electrical conductivity and overall performance. When working with nano materials, planetary centrifugal mixers have many advantages. Their consistency with blending and degassing is particularly ideal for a wide variety of nanoparticle processes and applications.

Sources

  • https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/mame.201100417
  • https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlehtml/2016/ra/c6ra14626k