Seeking Sustainable Superabsorbent Polymer

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.
We are open to solutions that already have applications in adjacent fields, such as agriculture, anti-flood bags, food absorbent pad or other that could potentially be re-applied for our purposes.

Fater SpA

Details of the Innovation Need

The main components of an absorbent disposable product are fluff and superabsorbent polymer (SAP). In particular, SAP is the main responsible for the optimal performance that an absorbent product must show, due to its characteristic ability to absorb liquid up to 40 times of its weight with a salt solution. Currently, the most widely used SAPs in this business are sodium polyacrylates, which are obtained petrochemically and therefore have a high environmental impact

We are looking for super-absorbent materials, whether polymers or hydrogels, that can lower the environmental impact of our current products. We are therefore looking for materials from renewable sources. The environmental impact will be evaluated in terms of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

We are open to solutions that already have applications in adjacent fields, such as agriculture, anti-flood bags, food absorbent pad that could potentially be re-applied for our purposes.

The most characterized parameters for the absorbent products for personal care on which we mainly focus are:

- Particle size distribution

- Retention capacity

- Absorption under pressure

- Speed of absorption

Such parameters are not mandatory for this preliminary search, they will be considered as target parameters in later development stages.

Related Keywords

  • Materials Technology
  • Industrial Technologies
  • Biobased chemical building blocks
  • Biobased high-performance materials
  • Protecting Man and Environment
  • Sustainability
  • Consumer related
  • Industrial Products
  • Chemicals and Materials
  • superabsorevent

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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