Dr Ankur Rastogi

Application Development & Technical Service Engineer PB-1 Specialties

Basell Polyolefine GmbH, Lyondellbasell

Personal Biography

Ankur holds a Master’s Degree in Physics, a PhD in Polymer Technology and a Post Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Open University, UK). He joined LyondellBasell in 2007 as Application Development & Technical Service (ADTS) responsible for Polyethylene Film & Textile segment located in Frankfurt. In 2015, he changed to ADTS Polybutene-1 Specialties and served 4 years in this role. Starting April 2019, Ankur has been appointed Business Development Manager (Building & Construction) in the Advanced Polymer Solutions (APS) division. Prior to LyondellBasell, Ankur also has 3.5 years R&D experience in PET business with Equipolymers GmbH, Schkopau (a Dow Chemical Company & Petrochemical Industries Company, Kuwait, Joint venture).

Presentation Abstract

PB-1 in hotmelt adhesive formulations addressing growing VOC concerns

Mattress assembly applications require bonding of complex materials and layers on fast, automated production lines with growing safety concerns during production and end-use with regards to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). The new isotactic semi-crystalline Polybutene-1 polymers for Hot Melt Adhesives are not only able to offer the appropriate viscosity, excellent initial tack and longer open times, but do also offer very low VOC, thanks to the metallocene catalyst technology. This technology allows to synthesize PB-1 polymers with a very narrow molecular weight distribution and a minimum amount of low molecular weight species, as confirmed through evaluations according to the VDA277 and VDA278 protocols.

PB-1 grades are available in a broad crystallinity range offering the desired flexibility and showing low organic emission levels. This key characteristic of PB-1 opens up new opportunities for Hot Melt Adhesives beyond general assembly applications, like for instance in the hygiene segment.


Co-author: Dr Ines Mingozzi

Presentation Time

Breakout IX: Addressing indoor air quality

Friday, 13 September 2019, 11:00 - 11:30

FEICA Conference