Seeking Sustainable Superabsorbent Polymer

  • Fater SpA
  • From Italy
  • Very responsive
  • Deadline completed
    The submission process for new proposals is closed. Proposals submitted before the deadline will follow the standard evaluation process.

Desired outcome

Fater is looking for partners able to solve technical challenges in order to develop a super absorbent polymer - SAP - material from sustainable sources with good fluid handling properties, able to replace the currently used raw material.
The sustainable SAP should have similar absorption properties of the commercially available SAP (produced from non-sustainable petrochemical sources) and guarantee a significantly reduced environmental impact, evaluated via Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

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Details of the Innovation Need

In the business of absorbent products, the main materials composing the product cores are: fluff (i.e.: defibrated cellulose pulp) and superabsorbent polymer (SAP).

In particular diapers are usually made of an absorbent core which consists of a porous matrix of cellulose fluff in which granules of superabsorbent polymer (SAP) are blended. The SAP absorbs and retains most of the liquid (around 40 times its own weight of saline solution), getting bigger and gelly.

Fater is looking for partners able to solve technical challenges in order to develop a SAP material from sustainable sources with good fluid handling properties, able to replace the currently used raw material.

The sustainable SAP should have similar absorption properties of the commercially available SAP (produced from non-sustainable petrochemical sources) and guarantee a significantly reduced environmental impact, evaluated via Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

Known critical parameters for the SAP are the following:

- Particle size distribution

- Retention capacity

- Absorption under pressure

- Speed of absorption

Already known solutions:

  • Biopolymers from fermentation-based bioprocess of renewable feedstocks like glucose or glycerol, using a companion chemistry platform based on gamma polyglutamic acid

Related Keywords

  • Plastics, Polymers
  • Industrial Technologies
  • Biochemistry / Biophysics Technology
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Bio- Composites
  • Biobased high-performance materials
  • Biobased Materials related to Industrial Biotechnology
  • Polymer-based composistes
  • Sustainability
  • Industrial Products
  • Chemicals and Materials
  • Commodity chemicals and polymers
  • absorbent

About Fater SpA

Fater is an Italian company founded in 1958 by Francesco Angelini, since 1992 joint venture between Procter & Gamble and Angelini Group. It manufactures and distributes the brand products ACE Neoblanc and Comet in 39 countries in the Western European and Central Eastern Europe Middle East and Africa markets; in Italy it has been expanding the market of personal hygiene products since the late '60 and it now produces and sells brand products such as Pampers, LINES, LINES Specialist and Tampax. Fater is a dynamic company that invests in Research & Development around 4% of its annual turnover (837 million Euros) and counts globally 1,600 employees. Consumer and market knowledge shared competences and search for efficiency are the drivers of growth in the long run. The headquarters is in Pescara; the Italian manufacturing facilities are located in Pescara and Campochiaro (CB); other plants abroad include facilities in Portugal (Porto) and Turkey (Gebze). Fater has several affiliates in Moscow, Bucharest, Istanbul and Mohammedia.

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