Superabsorbent polymers, commonly known as SAPs, are sodium polyacrylate-based polymers that are engineered with high absorption and gelling properties when they come in contact with liquids. SAPs are excellent for use in various consumer and industrial applications and can retain extremely large amounts of water relative to their own mass.
Superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) can retain up to 1,000 times their weight in liquids and are widely used in applications where gel formation, high water absorption, and fluid retention is required. Superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) are commonly utilized in a variety of every day products such as gel packs, hot and cool packs, absorbent and incontinence pads, baby diapers, and feminine hygiene products. They are also used in industrial applications such as concrete, waste disposal, and agriculture applications.
How do Superabsorbent Polymers work?
Superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) are classified as hydrogels due to their high ability to absorb liquids through osmotic pressure and formation of hydrogen bonds with water molecules. SAPs are typically effective in water and polar systems but are not useful in the absorption of fuels and hydrocarbons.
The SAP's sodium ions bind within the crosslinked structure of a polymer particle resulting in osmotic pressure build-up that draws the surrounding liquids into its particle core. The liquid continues to flow into the polymeric structure until an equilibrium is reached between the polymer ions and the surrounding liquid.
BASF Arctic Gel™ 1010 for Gel and Cool Packs?
Arctic Gel™ 1010 is one of the top quality superabsorbent polymers in the market that is manufactured by BASF. It is the ideal solution for use in a wide range of consumer products when a small particle size, clear appearance, and high gelling performance is required.
Arctic Gel™ 1010 Features and Benefits:
Environmentally friendly and non-toxic
Easy to incorporate into any process and requires minimal to no agitation
Well proved performance with advanced technology and R&D capabilities
Narrow particle size distribution for optimal gelling and absorption performance
Excellent liquid absorption and retention capacity up to 1,000 times their weight in fluid
Superior gelling and thickening capacity with fast liquid absorption, turning it into a solid gel
Improved swelling capacity and ion exchange performance when in contact with water and liquids
Advanced moisture control that allows you to store the absorbed fluids for as long as needed and release them when required