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Green Chemistry

Organization(s) Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance
Project Description In Massachusetts, the wire and cable industry is the major user of lead compounds. In an effort to help these industries reduce or eliminate lead, OTA is sponsoring research efforts at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Lowell, through the Strategic Envirotechnology Partnership (STEP). The agency is working with researchers to characterize the affects of lead used as stabilizers in the litharge process for the manufacture of plastic, wire and cable insulation. By using advanced surface analysis techniques, the researchers are focusing on the surface characteristics and moisture uptake of both lead-based wire coating compounds and their non-lead replacements. Once these attributes are better understood, it may aid in the identification of suitable alternatives to lead-based stabilizers and would have a dramatic influence on the use of lead compounds in Massachusetts.

More Info www.state.ma.us/ota/support/step.htm
Project Contact
Name Denise Zambrowski
Phone 617-626-1071
Project Keywords
Activity Keywords Research and development
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 12 No. 1, Spring 2002 [PDF]


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