SCUP: Water-Soluble Polymers
Dec 2019. The term water-soluble polymer encompasses a variety of synthetic, semisynthetic, and natural materials. These polymers share an important attribute: all are soluble in water, at least under some conditions. They perform useful functions such as thickening, gelling, flocculating, and stabilizing in end uses ranging from water treatment and oil field operations to food, pharmaceuticals, and personal care products.
Building products represent the single most important end use for water-soluble polymers, especially polyethylene glycols and cellulose ethers. Polyethylene glycol is a starting material for polycarboxylate ethers (PCEs), a family of concrete additives. Food applications—another major end use for water-soluble polymers—are dominated by natural water-soluble polymers, including gelatin, casein/caseinates, xanthan gum, guar gum, and gum arabic. Water treatment is an important end use for water-soluble polymers, especially polyacrylamide and polyacrylic acid.
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- Publish Date: 2019-12-06
- Chemical Focus: Renewables and Nutrition
- Number of Pages: 381
- Content Type: Report
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