Our Technology

ATSP Innovations is developing a new family of polymers called Aromatic Thermosetting Copolyesters for use in tribological, structural, high temperature, and electronic applications.

Competitive Advantages

The following are some of the competitive advantages of the ATSP system.
  • Straightforward, highly reproducible process to synthesize resin, resulting in low cost manufacturing
  • Interchain transesterification reactions (ITR)
-    Permits repair and attachment of polyester parts to other parts with ester units, even if they are fully cured
-    Permits consolidation and elimination of voids
-    Permits recycling of scrap or worn pieces to recover the ATSP
  • Composites based on ATSP are usable as load bearing members up to Tg (as high as 285°C). In air ATSP is stable up to 350°C and 425°C in nitrogen—comparable to best available polymers.
  • Highly flame resistant unfilled resin: limiting oxygen index (LOI) of 40%, far superior to aramids, phenolics and most other high temperature polymers
  • Potential of preparing lightweight rigid foams and functionally graded structures.
  • Outstanding wear resistance permits use as a wear resistant coating
  • Use as a high temperature coupling agent for high temperature fibers to high temperature matrices
  • Useful as a matrix for high temperature composites—induced liquid crystalline behavior at interface will result in a matching of CTE between the fibers and matrix yielding minimal residual stress



Tribological Properties

High Performance Composites

News & Updates

2016 ATSP Literature Summary

March 1, 2017

2016 has seen publications on our crosslinkable aromatic polyester technology deployed as an extraordinarily wear resistant coating,  a high temperature and recyclable foam, a high performance stock shape/bulk material, an innovative solid state adhesive, and a microcracking-resistant and repairable high temperature composite resin. See article links below.

•NASA Tech Briefs article on our Phase I SBIR
•Processing of aromatic thermosetting copolyesters into foams and bulk parts: characterization and mechanical properties
•Advanced polymeric coatings for tilting pad bearings with application in the oil and gas industry
•Adhesion characteristics of aromatic thermosetting copolyester and glass fiber laminates with copper foils for improved circuit boards
•Unlubricated Tribological Performance of Aromatic Thermosetting Polyester (ATSP) Coatings Under Different Temperature Conditions
•Tribological interactions of advanced polymeric coatings with polyalkylene glycol lubricant and r1234yf refrigerant
•Heat-Induced Polycondensation Reaction with Self-Generated Blowing Agent Forming Aromatic Thermosetting Copolyester Foams
•Normal impact of sand particles with solar panel glass surfaces

ATSP Innovations has first sale

May 27, 2014

ATSP Innovations has had its first sale of material to CU Aerospace. This sale is in support of a recently awarded SBIR from the U.S. Navy to develop fiber-reinforced composite materials with ablative properties.

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National Science Foundation

Our research results are based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.