Basic Materials & Chemicals R&D

A World Class Competitive R&D Center

Developing
High Value added Products
of
Faultless Quality

Basic Materials & Chemicals R&D has contributed to strengthen the competitiveness of Basic Materials & Chemicals business, that is representative business area of LG Chem, by developing the world first-class products with superior productivity and quality. Our core technologies in polymerization, metallocene catalyst and process technology enable the commercialization of high-performance polyolefin products. By controlling the rubber morphology in ABS, we have developed customized products which have been applied in household appliances and automobiles.

In addition, we have been developing specialty products based on core technologies of controlling polymer network structure and polymerization. We have been constantly strengthening our competitiveness in the global market through focusing on advanced materials such as carbon nanotubes and aerogels.

High Performance Materials

Polyolefin

We have commercialized high-value polyolefins by our proprietary metallocene catalyst technology and have focused on developing catalysts and products for metallocene conversion.

mPE
tallocene PE (mPE) is developed based on LG Chem’s unique metallocene catalyst that is capable to control the polymer microstructure. We have developed and commercialized tubing materials for heating system with excellent pressure resistance, LLDPE for film with high impact resistance, HDPE for fiber and injection molding with outstanding strength, etc. LG Chem is the world-leading company in metallocene catalyst and product design; transition metal catalysts, scale-up technology, and customized product design. We have been pursuing R&D for innovative PE.
  • mPE
mPP
Based on proprietary metallocene catalyst/process technology, our Metallocene PP (mPP) is a high-performance material that has a distinctive physical properties which has the ability to adjust freely the molecular weight distribution. Because it contains low volatile organic compounds (TVOC), it has differentiated physical properties from existing Ziegler-Natta PP. Especially, it has excellent processability and rigidity for automobile compounding and its low TVOC characteristics is suitable for Eco-friendly vehicle interior materials. By lowering the molecular weight distribution, the elongation property for nonwoven fabrics from spun-bond and melt-blown increases and it is widely used for hygiene products such as premium diapers or eco-friendly masks. According to the eco-friendly global trend, LG Chem is continuously doing research on random mPP for advanced food packaging and medical treatment and also on the impact mPP with low TVOC.
  • mPP
POE
POE (Polyolefin elastomer) is a copolymer of Ethylene and α- olefins which has the lowest density among PO series product. It shows different characteristics such as impact resistance, high elasticity, and low heat sealing temperature, and it is suitable for automotive interior/exterior, sound insulating, food packaging film, etc. By introducing our unique metallocene catalyst to existing PE production line, we became 4th player in the world in 2008 who commercialized POE, with our own brand LUCENETM. We are developing new products and catalysts in order to expand the development of eco-friendly and high-functional materials.
  • POE
  • POE
EVA
EVA is a copolymer of Ethylene and VA (Vinyl Acetate). The elasticity, heat bonding temperature, durability and permeability vary from VA content. It is mainly used for 1) the solar encapsulated sheet which requires excellent light transmission and transparency, 2) hot melt requiring high adhesion, 3) high-elasticity sneaker soles and 4) wire&cable due to its excellence in inorganic filler loading. Since the beginning of the production in late 2013, LG Chem has been strengthening its product design and polymerization process to ensure world-top quality.
  • EVA
  • EVA
  • EVA
  • EVA

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Polymer Polymer Design, Advanced Materials for Electronic Materials, Environmentally Friendly Polymers, Adhesive / Coating Polymers, Structural Control Synthesis, Hybrid Polymers, Polymer Blends, Reservoir Polymers, Reactive Polymer Blends, Polymer Synthesis and Polymerization, Rheology, Catalyst Development, etc.
Chemistry Organic & Inorganic Synthesis, Physical Chemistry, Interfacial Chemistry, Organometallic Catalyst, etc.
Chemical Engineering Non-Homogeneous Catalyst, Polymerization Process, Reaction Engineering, Process Simulation, Process Improvement & Optimization, etc.
Material Engineering Nano Materials, Composite Materials, Hybrid Materials, Environment-friendly Materials, Compounds (Based on polyolefin), etc.
  • Contact : chaidawon@lgchem.com

High Performance Materials

Styrenics

LG Chem focuses on enhancing rubber morphology control and high graft technology, and on developing custom-made high-performance materials for automotives and electronics.

Heat resistant ABS
ABS resin is not only excellent in mechanical properties but it is also used for a variety of applications due to its excellent coloring and machinability, though it can be deformed by heat. Heat-resistant ABS with heat resistance resin can be minimize the heat deformation. Furthermore, heat-resistant ABS has excellent post-processing properties such as painting, water transfer, aluminum deposition, and it is also used for automotive interior parts and electrical housings/parts.
  • Heat resistant ABS
ASA(Acrylate-Styrene-Acrylonitrile)
ASA (Acrylonitrile-Styrene-Acrylate) is a High weatherability resin which is a blend of acrylic rubber as an impact modifier and styrene-acrylonitrile copolymer. Based on LG Chem’s unique Rubber Morphology Design and Polymer structure control technology, our ASA resin shows excellent physical properties and weatherability, and enhances innovatively the coloration which was considered as the limitation of ASA. ASA is readily processible into sheet/film as well as standard injection and extrusion products. Moreover, the durability and color stability of ASA are excellent, resulting that no painting process is required. ASA is widely used in automotive parts and building exteriors, and able to use for eco-friendly products in near future.
  • ASA(Acrylate-Styrene-Acrylonitrile)
Flame Retardant ABS
Flame retardant ABS has self-extinguishing properties is produced by applying a variety of flame retardants to styrenic resins (ABS, ASA, PS, etc). Several methods for imparting flame retardancy to the resins are employed, including:organic halogen flame retardants, organophosphorus flame retardants, blending with flame retardant resin, introducing the flame retardants directly to the polymer chains.
The flame retardant ABS is a high-tech material which is widely used in housings and electronic parts; display (TV, monitor), electronics (refrigerator, washing machine, microwave oven), O/A (photocopier, printer), SED(small electric device, concentric plug, power strips), etc. The research for flame retardant ABS focuses on improving the physical properties of the flame retardant resin through polymerizing and compounding. Newly designed flame retardant system ensures the development of eco-friendly high-performance future products.
  • Flame Retardant ABS

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Polymer New Materials, General Polymers, Environmentally Friendly Polymers, Adhesion / Coating Polymers, Polymer Synthesis and Polymerization, Polymer Blends, Reactive Polymer Blends, Polymer Processing and Compound, Rheology, Catalyst Development, etc.
Chemistry Organic & Inorganic Synthesis, Physical Chemistry, Interfacial Chemistry, Organometallic Catalyst, etc.
Chemical Engineering (Hetero) Homogeneous Catalyst, Polymerization Process, Reaction Engineering, Process Simulation, Process Improvement & Optimization, etc.
  • Contact : chaidawon@lgchem.com

High Performance Materials

SAP(Super Absorbent Polymer)

LG Chem focuses on developing the next generation of high-absorbency resin, based on polymer Network structural control and surface character conversion.

Super Absorbent Polymer
Super Absorbent Polymer (SAP_ is a hydrophilic polymer material with a cross-linking structure It is a white polymer powder that can absorb water of hundreds of times of its own weight and it is produced by LG Chem’s unique solution polymerization process. It is mainly used for infant diapers, sanitary goods for women, adult diapers by its ability to absorb and retain water. Besides, it is widely used as the pack for the cooling and warming, soil moisturizer for farming, water repellent, waste coagulation and aromatic material. Based on polymer polymerization and reaction technologies, the Basic Materials & Chemicals R&D Center is focusing on the development of SAP products that are more sercure for human body with improved absorption rate.
  • SAP
  • SAP
  • SAP
  • SAP

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Polymer Polymer Polymerization, Polymer Reaction, Polymer Blend, Polymer Analysis, Polymer Application, etc.
Chemistry Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Interfacial Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, etc.
Chemical Engineering Powder Engineering, Reaction Engineering, Process System Engineering, etc.
Material Engineering Polymer materials, composites, nanomaterials, compounds, etc.
  • Contact : chaidawon@lgchem.com

High Performance Materials

Adhesive

Solvent-borne Adhesive
From the electronic industry to the food industry, solvent-borne adhesives have been applied to a wide variety of applications throughout the film industry. Based on the core technology of Solution Polymerization, Basic Materials & Chemicals R&D develops polymer resins with adhesive properties, surface characteristics, charging characteristics and reliability. Additionally, we develops base polymers for various adhesive applications, and researches on mechanism of mechanical properties via cross-linking structure design.
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Water-borne Adhesive
We develop acrylic latex which has the world’s highest level of adhesive properties based on LG Chem’s unique emulsion polymerization technology. This water-borne adhesive is applied to labels, tapes, and protective films etc. The main core technologies are 1) to manufacture particles of various sizes, 2) to regulate the structure of polymers within a particle, 3) to control adhesive film formation, 4) to mix with tackifiers, wetting agents, viscosity agents, and dispersants, and 5)to develop formulation techniques that can control coating and adhesion properties . Based on the above-mentioned technologies, we have been developing ultra-high-adhesion adhesives, adhesives with non-residue, and high-cohesive adhesives.
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Battery Binder
Battery binder is an adhesive that fixes the active materials used in the anode of the lithium ion secondary battery. The binder produced by emulsion polymerization affects not only the adhesion and electric resistance properties, but also the properties, like slurry stability, of the electrode manufacturing process. Basic Materials & Chemicals R&D develops the binders that can improve the lifecycle and the output of lithium-ion secondary batteries.
  • Battery Binder

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Polymer Polymer Polymerization, Polymer Reaction, Polymer Blend, Polymer Analysis, Polymer Application, etc.
Chemistry Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Physics Chemistry, Interfacial Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, etc.
Chemical Engineering Powder Engineering, Reaction Engineering, Process System Engineering, etc.
Material Engineering Polymer Materials, Composites, Nanomaterials, Compounds, etc.
  • Contact : chaidawon@lgchem.com

High Performance Materials

Synthetic Rubber

We concentrate on developing high performance rubbers for tires and automotive / industrial usages based on core technologies in solution and emulsion polymerization.

SSBR
Customer's demand on tires with excellent fuel efficiency has been increasing due to international environment issues and regulations. Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR) is mainly used for the tire tread as it exhibits relatively low rolling resistance coefficient and wet-grip performance with maintaining abrasion performance, compared to natural rubber or butadiene rubber(BR). These properties can be implemented by controlling the polymer microstructure and modifying the end-group of the polymer. Basic Materials & Chemicals R&D has been developing an eco-friendly solution SBR, and researching the related compounds and composites for high-performance tires.
Nd-BR
Nd-BR (Neodymium catalyst-based butadiene rubber) is applied in the side wall of a high-performance tire, as well as SSBR, shows excellent abrasion performance and it also has excellent polymeric property compared to existing Ni-Br. As the role of BR becomes important, the substitution of BR is required. We focus on replacing BR to Nd-BR, on developing high fuel efficiency, abrasion performance, and wet-grip. For this, Basic Materials and Chemicals R&D has been conducting research on structure control, modification, catalyst mechanism and process technology of Nd-BR.
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Polymer Advanced Materials, Polymerization, Eco-friendly Polymers, Polymer Reaction, Polymer Blend, Polymer Analysis, Reactive Polymer, Catalyst Development, Rheology, New Materials for Electronic Materials, etc.
Chemistry Organic/Inorganic Synthesis, Inorganic Materials, Physical Chemistry, Interfacial Chemistry, Organometallic Catalyst, etc.
Chemical Engineering (Hetero) Homogeneous Catalyst, Polymerization Process, Reaction Engineering, Process System Engineering, Catalyst Characteristics Analysis, Compound, etc.
Material Engineering Composite Materials, Nano Materials, Compound (Based on Polyolefin), etc.
  • Contact : chaidawon@lgchem.com

High Performance Materials

Specialty Polymer

Based on core technologies in solution and emulsion polymerization, we are concentrating on developing high-performance specialty products such as latex, impact modifier, and TPE (SBS).

NBL(Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Latex)
LG Chem has been developing the world’s best NBL based on its unique emulsion polymerization. Major core technologies include manufacturing various particles from 30nm-200nm, controlling the film formation control, as well as Latex manufacturing process for stable scale-up. NBL is the main raw material of the Disposable Nitrile Glove. Nitrile Glove has recently been famous by replacing natural rubber with its outstanding quality and the NBL technology is evolving in rapid pace. In particular, LG Chem is the leader in NBL technology and had overcame the trade-off physical properties through production of various sized compositions. Based on its proprietary technology, LG Chem has been developing soft products, high strength products, chemical resistant products and Sulfur-Free Glove that can minimize allergy issues.
  • NBL(Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Latex)
Plastic Modifier
Plastic modifiers are synthetic polymers that are added to polymer resin compositions to improve processability and the mechanical properties of plastics. Impact modifiers improve the impact strength of plastic, and processing additives are used to control the melting characteristics of polymers and satisfy the esthetic demands. Customer's main interest is focused on the improvement of the efficiency of plastic modifiers used for packaging materials, decorative sheets, household appliances, automotive and outdoor building materials. In order to satisfy customer's needs, we have been developing high-efficiency plastic modifier by emphasizing research on emulsion polymerization, morphology control and plastic processing..
  • Plastic modifiers

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Polymer New Materials, Polymerization, Eco-friendly Polymers, Polymer Reaction, Polymer Blend, Polymer Analysis, Reactive Polymer, Catalyst Development, Rheology, New Materials for Electronic Materials, etc.
Chemistry Organic/Inorganic Synthesis, Inorganic Materials, Physical Chemistry, Interfacial Chemistry, Organometallic Catalyst, etc.
Chemical Engineering Non-homogeneous Catalyst, Polymerization Process, Reaction Engineering, Process System Engineering, Catalyst Characteristics Analysis, Compound, etc.
Material Engineering Composite Materials, Nano Materials, Compound (Based on Polyolefin), etc.
  • Contact : chaidawon@lgchem.com

Catalyst & Process Technology

Catalyst

Catalysts are used in more than 90% of chemical processes, and it is rapidly expanding into the environment and advanced energy fields. LG Chem is researching and developing various catalysts from crude oil fractions to polymer production.

Inorganic Catalyst
Heterogeneous catalysts are used to improve yield and to optimize temperature / pressure in various reaction processes for intermediate raw materials for crude ouil manufacturing from the NCC. LG Chem is the first within the Country and 4th in the world to develop its own acrylic catalyst. We have been developing proprietary techniques for various petrochemical processing and we have been expanding into energy/environment sector and inorganic materials.
Metallocene Catalyst
Metallocene catalyst applies single active point catalyst to control precisely the molecular structure of a polymer and it gives high-performance to existing polyolefin. We have commercialized our own metallocene catalyst for the last 20 years and we have been developing a variety of new products of polyolefin. We have also been developing the post-metallocene catalyst, and catalysts for the synthesis of electronic and medical materials. In addition, various catalyst studies are underway to develop the world's first new product.
Fine Chemical Organic Intermediates
Based on the high-efficiency production process of organic synthesis and on refining/separation accumulated in the development of chemical materials, LG Chem has been developing the new organic intermediates that is cost-effective. For basic materials business, eco-friendly synthetic and rubber modified materials, improved SAP absorption, heat-responsiveness, high-purity ligands for organic/inorganic catalyst and heat-resistant PNR resin, liquid crystal materials for OLED materials are also underway.
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Polymer Polymer Synthesis and Polymerization, Catalyst Development, New Materials for Electronic Materials, Eco-friendly Polymers, Structural Control Synthesis, Hybrid Polymers, etc.
Chemistry Organic/Inorganic Synthesis, Physical Chemistry, Interfacial Chemistry, Organometallic Catalyst, Inorganic Catalyst, Electrochemical, etc.
Chemical Engineering Non-homogeneous Catalyst, Polymerization Process, Reaction Engineering, Catalyst Characteristics Analysis, Petrochemical, Process Improvement & Optimization, etc.
Material Engineering Nano Materials and Compounds(Polyolefin based), Energy Engineering, Environmental Engineering, etc.
  • Contact : chaidawon@lgchem.com

Catalyst & Process Technology

Process Technology

LG Chem foster a professional workforce specialized in basic oil and material processes and ensure the process capacity for future business.

Crude oil process
We have been enhancing our business competitiveness by optimizing the process and designing, reducing energy, increasing productivity / yield. We have been carrying out new expansion process, simplification, and advanced research based on our process design capability. In addition, we have been fostering researches to overcome process limitation of crude oil, non-distillation separation purification and reaction process.
Polymer process
Through Innovation development and application , we have been carrying out research on high-purity polymer by improving productivity, quality stabilization, and conversion
Advanced material design
Within the Basic Materials & Chemicals R&D , we have been supporting basic and detailed design of new prospective material, and new product development process for the future.
  • Process Technology

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Polymer Advanced Materials for Electronic Materials, Environmental-polymers, Adhesive/Coating Polymers, Structural Control Synthesis, Hybrid Polymers, Polymer Blends, Low-oil-only Polymers, Reactive Polymer Blends, Polymer Synthesis and Polymerization, Rheological Studies, Catalyst Development, etc.
Chemistry Organic/Inorganic Synthesis, Physical Chemistry, Interfacial Chemistry, Organic Metal Catalysts, etc.
Chemical Engineering (Hetero) Homogeneous Catalyst, Polymerization Process, Reaction Engineering, Catalyst Characteristics Analysis, Petrochemical, Process Improvement & Optimization, etc.
  • Contact : chaidawon@lgchem.com

Advanced materials

Carbon NanoTube

Carbon nanotube(CNT) is a nano-sized tube-type material produced by synthesized ethylene. It has a one-dimensional structure with a very high diameter-to-length ratio. CNT has a variety of physical properties which are highly applicable and its production process uses the proprietary material catalyst by LG Chem and fluidized bed reactor.

Catalyst Development
Catalyst development In order to produce competitive carbon nanotubes, we have been developing the transition metal infrastructure catalyst which is recquired for low cost and high quality catalyst..
Development of Synthesis Process
We are developing the latest high-efficiency (mass synthesis) process for achieving high carbon nanotube conversion rate of carbon raw materials and inhibiting synthesis of by-products
Development of Applied Products
We are conducting research to replace existing materials (cell reproduction, electrostatic elimination, conductive silicon products, etc.), and to improve properties such as electrical and thermal conductivity, stiffness, and the application of polymeric materials.
  • Carbon NanoTube

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Polymer Advanced Materials for Electronic Materials, Environmentally Friendly Polymers, Adhesion / Coating Polymers, Structural Control Synthesis, Hybrid Polymers, Polymer Blends, Reactive Polymer Blends, Polymer Synthesis and Polymerization, Rheology, Catalyst Development, etc.
Chemistry Organic/Inorganic Synthesis, Physical Chemistry, Interfacial Chemistry, Organometallic Catalyst, etc.
Chemical Engineering (Hetero) Homogeneous Catalyst, Polymerization Process, Reaction Engineering, Catalyst Characteristics Analysis, Petrochemical, Process Improvement & Optimization, etc.
Material Engineering Nano Materials and Compounds (Based on Polyolefins), etc.
  • Contact : chaidawon@lgchem.com