Polymer engineering is a key area of expertise in the development of nonwoven products. NIRI’s team of scientists are involved in the design, synthesis, and processing of polymeric materials to create polymers with a desired set of properties and characteristics.
Across multiple industries, polymer engineering plays a crucial role in the development of materials used in a wide range of applications, including filtration, insulation, and medical supplies. NIRI’s polymer engineers work closely with our in-house experts, such as chemists and materials scientists, to create new polymeric materials that have the necessary properties for our clients’ specific products and applications.
“Polymer engineering plays a crucial role in the development of materials for use across a wide range of applications, including filtration, insulation, and medical supplies”.
Steven Neill, Chief Innovation Officer
A deeper understanding
One of the key challenges in polymer engineering for nonwoven products is to create materials that are strong, durable, and able to withstand a wide range of environmental conditions.
This requires a deep understanding of the structure and behaviour of polymeric materials, and the ability to design and synthesise new polymers with the required properties.
Advanced engineering techniques
Polymer engineering is a key field of expertise for the team at NIRI and plays a critical role in the development of new materials and products.
Microencapsulation: the creation of tiny polymer-based capsules that can be used to deliver drugs or other substances.
Self-healing polymers which have the ability to repair themselves when damaged.
Electrospinning: the use of an electric field to create ultra-fine fibers from a polymer solution.
Polymer blending: mixing different polymers together to create materials with improved properties.
Polymer composites: materials made from a combination of polymers and other substances, such as fibers or fillers, to enhance the material’s strength, stiffness, or other properties.
By using advanced polymer engineering techniques, NIRI provides the knowledge and research that allows companies to create nonwoven products that are stronger, more durable, and safer for the environment.
Sustainability at its core
Another important aspect of polymer engineering for nonwovens is the development of sustainable and eco-friendly materials.
NIRI are continually innovating and finding new ways to develop renewable resources such as plant-based polymers. We strive to create nonwoven products that are biodegradable and have a low environmental impact.
NIRI’s Polymer Engineering capabilities
|What can NIRI do?||How do we achieve this?||What are the outcomes?|
|Synthesise new monomers||Chemically modify and introduce functionality into monomers.||· Introduce new functionality into polymer|
· Control functionality, performance and processability of polymer.
|Synthesise new polymers||Synthesise custom materials.||· Introduce new functionality into polymer|
· Control functionality, performance and processability of polymer
· Ownership of IP of new materials.
|Synthesise new polymers||Synthesise latest generation materials reported in the literature.||· Evaluate performance of latest generation materials for client products.|
|Synthesis of biopolymers||Chemical synthesis and characterisation of biopolymers.||· Chemically synthesised biopolymers with controlled chemical and physical properties; Product specification for biosynthesis|