Lubricant Engineers – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Team Members 
Principal Investigator: Lelia Cosimbescu
Entrepreneurial Lead: Karl Albrecht
Industry Mentor: Tony Christensen

Technology Description

Lubricant Engineers has been developing multi-branched and hyper-branched polymers that have shown promise as viscosity index improvers and friction reducers. Hyper-branched polymers are previously un-reported for this application, but are believed to be more resistant against shear degradation versus their linear counterparts. Homo-polymers of lipophilic monomers were prepared and in some cases polar co-monomers were introduced in the design for friction control.