Hydrated filler-type flame retardants were coated with approximately a monolayer of stearic acid using a solvent technique. Compared to the uncoated powders, the BET surface area was lower, the powder packing density was improved, and the thickening effect on white oil was significantly reduced. The latter two observations are
rationalized in terms of a reduction in the attractive interactions between the powder particles. The viscosity of white
oil slurries containing 25 wt % solids showed shear-thinning non-Newtonian behavior. The coated powders showed
significantly lower viscosities at low shear rates although the difference diminished at high shear rates. The lower viscosities shown by the coated powders indicate that the surface modification facilitated the break-up of agglomerates and the dispersion of individual particles in the fluid.