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Superabsorbent Gels Help Disinfect COVID-19 Secretions and Other Bodily Fluids

Since safe disposal of infected secretions from patients has become vital during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, innovators in the superabsorbent polymers market are increasing the availability of superabsorbent gels. For instance, scientists at the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), India, revealed that the AcryloSorb gel is a unique superabsorbent gel embedded with disinfecting material that can be used in safe management of infected respiratory secretions. Hence, companies in the superabsorbent polymers market are increasing their production capacities to manufacture disinfecting superabsorbent gels.

The demand for superabsorbent polymers is anticipated to witness steady growth in medical, personal care, and packaging applications amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Safe collection, consolidation, and quarantine of infected secretions is important before they are incinerated. Hence, manufacturers are developing highly efficient superabsorbent gels that are capable of disinfecting contagious COVID-19 secretions and other bodily fluids.

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Proliferation of Hydrogel Agriculture Technology Leads to Better Farm Success

High water uptake potential of superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) is beneficial in various agricultural applications. Hence, companies in the superabsorbent polymers market are increasing their efficacy in acrylic acids and cross-linking agents such as potassium to tap into value-grab opportunities in agricultural applications. The biodegradable and non-toxic nature of polyacrylates is best suited in agricultural applications. Superabsorbent polymers are addressing issues of low water retention, high evaporation rates, and soil moisture leaching in agricultural applications for improved plant growth and high crop yield.

The hydrogel agriculture technology is being highly publicized in the superabsorbent polymers market. This caters to a flourishing CAGR growth of 5% during the forecast period. Superabsorbent polymers help to address unforeseen drought conditions, salination, and overuse of synthetic fertilizers. The hydrogel agriculture technology is being used to improve soil quality, preserve water, and resist drought stress. Increased seed sprouting and favorable crop development are resulting in better farm success.

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Droplet Polymerization Technology Fuels Innovations in High-tech Disposable Diapers

Personal hygiene products and agriculture are key applications that are fueling a continuous demand for superabsorbent polymers. Baby diapers, adult incontinence products, and feminine hygiene products are among the top selling items that are catalyzing innovations in superabsorbent polymers. Companies in the superabsorbent polymers market are innovating in high-tech disposable diapers in order to capitalize on incremental opportunities. For instance, BASF SE— a leading German chemicals company, is increasing the applicability of HySorb® and SAVIVA® in incontinence products and baby diapers.

Companies in the superabsorbent polymers market are gaining proficiency in the droplet polymerization technology for baby diapers. Superior rewet and low leakage attributes of diapers are leading to increased product uptake in the superabsorbent polymers market. Such products innovations are anticipated to lead to revenue growth of the market, which is estimated to cross a value of ~US$ 15 Bn by 2030.

IPT Strikes Right Balance Between Absorption Capabilities and Gel Strength for Diapers

Manufacturers in the superabsorbent polymers market are innovating in the iodine transfer polymerization (ITP) technique to develop novel classes of acrylic acid (AA)-based superabsorbent polymers. AA-based superabsorbent polymers made using the ITP technique are becoming increasingly popular for its remarkable absorption performance, which is instrumental in the diaper industry. Hence, manufacturers in the superabsorbent polymers market are increasing their R&D muscle in polymerization of AA in aqueous solution using specific organoiodine chain transfer agents.

The ITP technology is playing an instrumental role in deploying better absorption capabilities and gel strength in superabsorbent polymers that are benefitting diaper manufacturers. Companies are bolstering their credibility credentials by innovating in biomass balanced superabsorbent polymers. These types of polymers are being made from renewable feedstock in order to replace fossil-based raw materials.

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Manufacturers Scale-up Production of Biodegradable Superabsorbent Polymers Using Crosslinked Polyamino Acids 

Superabsorbent polymers made from synthetic copolymer hydrogels have limited biodegradability. This has become a significant environmental threat for companies in the superabsorbent polymers market who are under scrutiny for placing billions of disposable diapers in landfills. Hence, companies such as Ecovia Intelligence— a research specialist in global organic products, are increasing their R&D capabilities in producing biodegradable polyamino acid products for developing improved superabsorbent polymer materials.

Superabsorbent polymers market players are investing in in-house pilot manufacturing plants to increase their production capabilities as per kg-scale batches. They are encouraging funding from government organizations such as the National Science Foundation to gain efficacy in cost-effective fermentation-based bioprocess for developing biodegradable superabsorbents. Manufacturers are using low-cost raw materials such as glycerol and glucose to produce crosslinked polyamino acids. By leveraging innovations in fermentation and crosslinking, manufacturers in the superabsorbent polymers market can commercialize biodegradable superabsorbents in medium-value applications.

Collaborations Lead to Innovations in Cost-efficient and Eco-friendly Hygiene Products

Strategic collaborations are sparking innovations in hygiene products. For instance, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)— a U.S. global food processing company, announced to join forces with LG Chem— a Korean chemical company, to innovate in bio-based acryclic acids used to manufacture superabsorbent polymers. Bio-based acryclic acids are acquiring increased popularity for the production of hygiene products, including diapers in the superabsorbent polymers market. Due to stringent environmental regulations and increased customer interest in sustainable products, manufacturers are increasing their production capabilities in eco-friendly raw materials by sourcing renewable resources.

Manufacturers in the superabsorbent polymers market are gaining efficacy in cost-efficient solutions such as experimenting with kernel of corn to develop bio-based acrylic acid materials. They are increasing efforts to expand their product portfolio in eco-friendly hygiene products to support growing customer demands.


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