September 23, 2021

MMP as Substitute for PMA to Reduce Costs

    Since its establishment in 2009, ShenZhen Prechem New Materials Co.,Ltd has been focusing on the production of functional solvents and special monomers and other fine chemicals. One of the company's main products, methyl 3-methoxypropionate (MMP), has been found to be a better alternative to propylene glycol methyl ether acetate (PMA) solvent in applications.


    The company conducted a series of related tests with the Huizhou Research Institute of Sun Yat-sen University, and found that it was at least comparable in terms of its physical properties as a solvent and actual data on its application in paints and coatings, and in many respects was even better. 3-methoxypropionate methyl ester (MMP) has higher solubility and tolerance than propylene glycol methyl ether acetate (PMA), which can reduce the amount of true solvent and add more low-cost volume solvent to reduce the total cost of solvent. Therefore, methyl 3-methoxypropionate (MMP) can completely replace propylene glycol methyl ether acetate (PMA) in paints and coatings.


    MMP(methyl 3-methoxy propionate) solvent is a medium volatile ether ester environmental protection solvent, for a wide range of coating polymers have good solubility. The ether ester group, linear structure, and propionyl group at the center of the molecule give the material some properties that other solvents do not have. Such as volatilization speed is medium, in the baking application is not easy to happen solvent bursting, for a wide range of polymers with high solubility, solution viscosity is low (relative to its evaporation rate), the film has good solvent release, in a wide range of coatings have good flow and coating properties. MMP solvent is a medium odor, low surface tension, high resistivity of the solvent, has the special function of preventing silver powder back coarse, black; It also has the effect of anti-settlement in the use of aluminum silver slurry, the solubility is far better than cyclohexanone, PMA/PGMEA(Propylene glycol methyl ether acetate), DBE(Dibasic Ester), isophorone, diethylene glycol dimethyl ether and so on.

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