Revolutionary glass substitute

The Pierre Potier prize has been rewarding chemistry innovations serving sustainable development since 2006. This year the top prize was awarded to Arkema for its new acrylic sheet, Altuglas® ShieldUp.

Acrylic glass or PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) is a transparent polymer with outstanding optical properties superior to those of glass, including high resistance to scratching and ageing. It does have a limitation, however: its relatively poor impact resistance.

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