Natural and synthetic water soluble polymers are used in a wide range of familiar industrial and consumer products, including coatings and inks, papers, adhesives, cosmetics and personal care products. They perform a variety of functions without which these products would be significantly more expensive, less effective or both. Written for research, development and formulation chemists, technologists and engineers at graduate level and beyond in the fine and specialty chemicals, polymers, food and pharmaceutical industries, the Handbook of Industrial Water Soluble Polymers deals specifically with the functional properties of both natural and synthetic water soluble polymers. By taking a function based approach, rather than a "polymer specific" approach the book illustrates how polymer structure leads to effect, and shows how different polymer types can be employed to achieve appropriate product properties.
Peter Williams is Professor of Polymer and Colloid Chemistry and Director of the Centre for Water Soluble Polymers at the North East Wales Institute of Higher Education, Wrexham, UK Contributors: Dr G. Sworn Dr M. Hawe Dr D.J. McClements Dr Gill Moody Dr G. Riess Dr Wayne Hayes Dr Philip Woodward Dr Steve Rannard Professor M.J. Snowden Dr Louise Garcia Professor P.A. Fowler Dr Radek Messias de Braganca
1 Introduction. 2 Natural thickeners. 3 Acrylic polymers as rheology modifiers for water-based solutions. 4 Gelling agents. 5 Emulsification and encapsulation. 6 Polymeric flocculants. 7 Polymer micelles: amphiphilic block and graft copolymers as polymeric surfactants. 8 Applications of water soluble dendrimers. 9 Preparation, properties and applications of colloidal microgels. 10 Industrial water soluble polymers in packaging