Polymers are ever-present for billions of people in countries that span the globe. They underpin many industries including construction, electronics, packaging and transportation. Most children born today would struggle to imagine a world without plastics.
There is a continual drive for new or improved properties in polymers. These range from electronic, optical and magnetic capabilities to biodegradabilty and their mechanical traits. The level of plastics recycled and the environmental implications of their presence in landfills and oceans create a pressure on producers to find new solutions. The availability and cost of key monomers can vary strongly, and for many polymers even a few lost days of manufacturing in a year can threaten the economic viability of the product. The surge in natural gas availability has offered new monomer options, which require new investment and research, but could help to support the strong demand for polymers.
How We Can Help
ILS research tools allow chemists and engineers to find improved processes for existing polymers, or robust and well understood processes for new products. Our reactors allow our clients to combine monomers at a broad range of temperatures, pressures and other reaction conditions in a safe and controllable manner. We offer seamlessly integrated online data or convenient offline analyses to enable clients to monitor and control their systems to a high precision.
ILS has enabled polymer producers to improve their processes and discover better catalysts.