Applications & Benefits

Superabsorbent polymers, otherwise known as SAPs, absorbent polymers, absorbent gels, super soakers, super slurpers, gel crystals, and water holding crystals are materials that swell in water to form a clear gel made up of separate, individual particles. Unlike a sponge, in which water can be wrung out easily, the hydrated gel particles retain the absorbed water even under pressure. This unique ability to hold absorbed water, even against pressure, is the primary benefit of using superabsorbent polymers.

The most common form of superabsorbent is a dry, white/off-white powder that looks like table salt or sugar. However, some dry SAP granules are as large as rock salt, or as small as talcum powder. Absorbent polymers can vary in their absorption capacity, and even in their speed of absorption – some are fast and some are slow. In deionized water, most superabsorbents will absorb at least 200 times their weight.

Superabsorbent Polymer Applications

ETi offers the best product(s) to fulfill your specific needs, independent of whom the manufacturer might be. You, the customer, now have more choice than ever before in fulfilling your exacting fluid management requirements. Absorbent product choices include traditional granular superabsorbents, innovative superabsorbent rolled goods, evolving solution absorbents and more. Absorbent markets served include, but are not limited to:

  • Agriculture
  • Absorbent fabric coatings
  • Absorbent films
  • Body fluid absorption
  • Blood absorption
  • Candles
  • Cement
  • Cool ties
  • Dental devices
  • Environmental waste solidification
  • Fake ice (ice crystals)
  • Filtration/separation
  • Fire protection
  • Food packaging
  • Fragrance carrier
  • Gel packs
  • Horticulture
  • Ice replacement
  • Ink solidification
  • Instant hot packs
  • Instant ice packs
  • Laminate structures
  • Liner for flower packaging
  • Magic tricks
  • Medical waste solidification
  • Motionless waterbeds
  • Mortuary pads
  • Paint solidification
  • Pet pads
  • Potpourri
  • Reusable hot/cold packs
  • Rolled goods
  • Saline absorption
  • Science kits
  • Snow polymers
  • Spills (aqueous)
  • Sport dryers
  • Surgical dryers
  • Transportation liners/protectors
  • Urine absorption
  • Water blocking cables
  • Wheelchair pads
  • Wound dressings

Superabsorbent Polymer Applications

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