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Welcome to ATSP Innovations

ATSP Innovations LLC was formed in 2010 and has laboratory and offices located in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Research Park. The company is engaged in developing and commercializing a new family of resins (Aromatic Thermosetting coPolyesters, i.e. ATSP) that demonstrate robustness in severe thermal and mechanical environments and thus can be introduced into many applications with demanding performance and lifetime requirements.

Development of the ATSP family of resins heralds a major advance for the field of wear and lubrication. For example, ATSP coatings can be applied to air-conditioning and refrigeration compressor tribological surfaces. Surface treatments/coatings are key to improving wear performance and durability in a wide range of applications. The problems associated with use of liquid lubricants, hard/soft coatings are well known but only modest progress has been achieved partly due to lack of research on new material systems. ATSP Innovations, with team partner UIUC, produced and tested highly effective wear resistant coatings by blending ATSP with Teflon® and other tribologically beneficial additives. The main advantages of these polymeric-based coatings are their excellent wear resistance, relatively low cost, and simple substrate surface conditioning (i.e., no need for expensive surface preparation before coating). ATSP-based coatings have broad market appeal with obvious major societal impact as engines, pumps and compressors are vital equipment that drives a fair share of the United States energy demand.

The impact of this new polymer could also extend into multiple areas and applications such as structural composites in areas ranging from launch vehicles to commercial automobiles, as well as low dielectric constant circuit boards for microelectronics, rigid structural foams, and ablative material for reentry vehicles. A further attractive feature of this technology is the potential for recycling, which is very unique for a thermosetting polymer matrix.

News & Updates

ATSP 2017 Publications Summary

January 22, 2018

For 2017, ATSP has reached new heights for polymers - demonstrating superior tribological performance under abrasive and cryogenic conditions and unprecedented mechanical and thermal properties for nanocomposite foams with outstanding resistance to aging. 

Two NASA Phase I SBIR Awards

June 8, 2017

ATSP Innovations is pleased to announce being awarded two Phase I SBIRs from NASA:

  • Reversible adhesion concept for in-space assembly

  • Interchain Transesterification as a Solid-State Composite Welding Mechanism

Through these projects, ATSP Innovations will break new ground in the fields of reversible adhesion and composite assembly. ATSP composites, coatings, and stock shapes are thermally stable with a wide range of temperature from cryogenic through 350°C.

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