Research & Development

Paladin's R&D unit is located at manufacturing site, Khalapur Maharashtra, India has main focuse on development of innovative products based on renewable biomass. Our research team is continually concentrates on synthesis of commercial, competitive, biomaterial based polymers. Paladin R&D is motivated in direction to exploit diversity of natural resources for development and replacement of traditional petroleum based Raw Material. Paladin is making progress on path where industrial development and ecology balance move hand in hand.

With scientists with prolonged experience in field of resin and paint development, we are well structured to understand needs of customer and work to fulfill the gap. Directors of our organizations have been committed to Resin and Paint Research since 1948, Our R&D team is blessed to have both directors with their roots in research & development. With such vast experience we have strength to solve customer problems and innovate new products which suit changing market requirements.

Green Technology
Paladin products are based on renewable biomaterials to sustain and grow in the field of Marine & Protective coatings market. Basic concept to use biomass for development of new commercial products is to protect our environment and control pollution. Also use of local biomaterial provides source of income to local people and helps them to grow. In the search for cost effective modern material, one of the main biomass we use in cashew nut shell liquid i. e cardanol extracted from a soft honeycomb structure inside the cashew nutshell. Being renewable, it offers much advantage over synthetic raw materials. Cardanol is backbone of phenalkamine epoxy curing agent with some unique performance properties. Presence of phenolic structure and long side chain in cardanol makes its suitable to build Mannich base suitable for curing epoxy resin for coating applications.
Paladin is focused on development of biomass based products to provide solutions to customer needs.
Cashew Nut Shell Liquid
Cashew nut shell liquid (CNSL) or cashew shell oil is natural chemical with a yellowish sheen found in the honeycomb structure of cashew nut shell and is a byproduct of processing cashew nuts. The main ingredients of CNSL are anacardic acid which on decarboxylation provides cardanol, cardol, and methyl cardol. Cardanol, a natural phenol with a side chain has been found to have interesting chemical structural features which enable a wide range of chemical modifications.
Cashew Nut Shell Liquid
Cashew nut shell liquid (CNSL) or cashew shell oil is natural chemical with a yellowish sheen found in the honeycomb structure of cashew nut shell and is a byproduct of processing cashew nuts. The main ingredients of CNSL are anacardic acid which on decarboxylation provides cardanol, cardol, and methyl cardol. Cardanol, a natural phenol with a side chain has been found to have interesting chemical structural features which enable a wide range of chemical modifications.
One can create a wide spectrum of bio based products capitalizing on chemically versatile structure, containing aromatic ring, the hydroxyl group and double bonds in C15H27 alkyl chain.

Cardanol is core material for development of one pack epoxy resin, phenalkamine curing agent, dilutes, modifiers, polyols. The presence of aromatic ring provides chemical and thermal resistance with excellent water and moisture resistance, good flexibility, low viscosity, extended pot life attributed to long aliphatic side chain. The unique low temperature curing performance of phenalkamine is offered by hydroxyl group with strong adhesion and reactivity.

Paladin's P- series provides diluents based on cardanol to replace petroleum based materials and move away from toxic & polluting solvent chemicals. In future cardanol use will continue to expand as diluent, modifier and intermediate.
Cardanol based One Pack Epoxy Resins
Epoxy resins are vast class of prepolymers and polymers containing more than one epoxy group, also often referred to as glycidyl or oxirane groups. Two pack epoxy systems are widely used in many fields. But, the current trend is more towards one pack systems replacing traditional epoxy system.
There are several commercial advantages and performance improvements associated with the replacement of one pack over two-pack epoxy system as follows:
  • Elimination of plural-component dispensing and metering equipment and associated spare parts
  • Reduction of operator labor needed to maintain meter/mix equipment and components, or to manually weigh and mix the product components
  • Reduction of labor required to oversee, maintain and clean pumps, vats, scales and other associated manufacturing equipment
  • Improved raw-material procurement and flow by replacing two containers associated with two-pack products with one container for one-pack systems
  • Elimination of pot life considerations and line downtime resulting from product advancement exceeding process tolerances
  • Elimination of mix-ratio tolerance concerns, with the ever-present danger of using an epoxy system outside mix-ratio ranges
  • Improved final product quality as a result of more consistent adhesive or coating
  • Improved worker safety and reduced hazardous-communication requirements with one-pack epoxies resulting from the elimination of volatile and corrosive curing-agent components
  • One pack epoxy coating are users friendly and are surface tolerant, hence don't need surface preparation as compare to 2K epoxy systems
Paladin offers on pack cardanol modified epoxy resin with epoxy ether linkages which gain their ultimate performance when get cured by oxidative mechanism. The most important property we can achieve is anti-corrosive system which protect metallic assets from natural degradation.
Paladin provides PEPOX series of one pack epoxy resin systems to meet customers specific end application.