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Macromolecular Sciences

Process behavior & performance in final applications

Macromolecular Sciences is about controlling the synthesis of macromolecular structures in order to influence polymer characteristics and behavior.
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The ultimate goal? To create materials that are better or more sustainable in terms of their performance or cost. Examples include our anti-reflective coatings developed using a template silication process that increases the efficiency of solar cells; as well as powder coatings suitable for heat-sensitive substrates like MDF, developed from a unique combination of polycondensation, network chemistry, and extrusion processing expertise.

Macromolecular Sciences: Advanced areas of expertise

Our specialized know-how on the chemistry of polymers that already exist includes network chemistry (cross-linking of polymers), polymer degradation and stability and interface chemistry – all of which are pivotal in ensuring that customers further down the value chain get the results they want from different polymer classes. Also included within Macromolecular Sciences are:

  • Polycondensation
  • Polyurethanes
  • Acrylic copolymers and hybrid systems
  • Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene
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Macromolecular Sciences: Influencing behavior and performance

Macromolecular Sciences focus on controlling polymer end groups, modality and intra-chain architecture in order to influence process behavior and performance in final applications. Since process parameters play a crucial role during the synthesis process, strong links with the Colloid & Interface, Process Technology and Materials Sciences are essential.

Macromolecular Sciences for societal benefit

The synthesis process involved in Macromolecular Sciences can sometimes lead to major scientific breakthroughs. As well as anti-reflective coatings for solar, and powder coatings in development for heat-sensitive substrates like MDF, we also contribute to health and well-being with Macromolecular Sciences - for example the development of hydrophilic medical device coatings that benefit patients.

Macromolecular Sciences: Knowledge centers

Our key RT&D centers in this field of expertise are located in Geleen, Waalwijk and Zwolle (the Netherlands), Elgin, IL, and Wilmington, MA (U.S.) and Shanghai (China).