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POLYOX™ Water-Soluble Resins


POLYOX™ Water-Soluble Resins are nonionic polyethylene oxide (PEO) polymers with molecular weights ranging from 100,000 to 8,000,000, depending on the grade. Polyethylene oxide is a thermoplastic polymer produced by the heterogeneous polymerization of ethylene oxide. It is occasionally referred to as polyethylene glycol or polyoxyethylene. POLYOX™ is commercially available as a white, free-flowing powder that is completely soluble in water. The viscosity and rheological properties of solutions containing POLYOX™ vary based on the molecular weight of the polymer and the concentration in the solution. Solutions of POLYOX™ are viscoelastic with a pseudoplastic rheology. This is because the polyethylene oxide polymer chains have relatively high molecular weights and readily bind water. High–molecular weight grades of POLYOX™ produce solutions with high degrees of viscoelasticity and pseudoplasticity. 

The unique properties of POLYOX™ Water-Soluble Resins make them useful binders and additives in a variety of industries, such as agriculture, coatings, electronics, inks, mining, and paper. The viscoelastic property of POLYOX™ mentioned earlier helps control the formation of mists when used in agricultural spray and metalworking fluid formulations. When used as a thermoplastic binder, POLYOX™ will form a film that is soluble in water. This is useful for creating water-soluble seed tape and manufacturing water-soluble packaging films. High–molecular weight grades of polyethylene oxide adsorb readily onto silica- and clay-based substrates. As such, POLYOX™ is an excellent flocculant for water treatment applications and a highly effective retention aid for paper manufacturing. The pseudoplastic nature that POLYOX™ imparts to formulations also makes it a useful additive for paints and coatings. It allows formulations to be easily sprayed or applied to overhead or vertical surfaces while preventing dripping or sagging. 
ChemPoint is an approved supplier of POLYOX™ Water-Soluble Resins for industrial applications, providing dedicated marketing, sales, order fulfillment, and technical support for customers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Western Europe. For more information, select a POLYOX™ grade below. 

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