Insecticide substances in foamed plastics

imageThe Plastics Technology Centre AIMPLAS, Inesfly Corporation from Valencia and the University of Zaragoza are researching in order to be able to encapsulate insecticide substances in foamed plastic materials. The innovative material will allow the manufacture of soles of sandals and mats that repel insects that transmit diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, Chagas disease and leishmaniasis.

The presence of insecticide substances in plastics was made so far by filler (powder) incorporation and was limited to mosquito nets, collars for animals, ear tags for cattle and anti-mosquitoes bracelets. Researches that this consortium is carrying out through the project Inmaplesp will allow the incorporation of the insecticide to the material through microcapsules. This new technology will protect the insecticide substance from its possible degradation during the processing of the material, will make easier its manipulation and will allow the control of its diffusion in the final product. 

Inesfly’s micro-encapsulation technology that has had success in the field of insecticide paints is expanding now to plastic matrixes and to do that this company is developing microcapsules of different active ingredients  with repellent and insecticide properties.