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The Difference Between Emulsion Polymers and Solution Polymers

At Mallard Creek Polymers, we have built a globally-respected business on delivering the finest emulsion polymer formulations for our clients in multiple industries for hundreds of applications. People often ask us, “What’s the difference between emulsion polymers and solution polymers?” This article will offer a little...

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Four Questions for Tailoring a Polymer Emulsion Recipe, Part Two

Chemists will ask multiple questions whenever they’re asked to create a recipe for a polymer emulsion for a specific application. In this two-part series, we’re discussing the insights related to the four big questions that they ask in these situations.

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Four Questions for Tailoring a Polymer Emulsion Recipe, Part One

Chemists will ask multiple questions whenever they’re asked to create a recipe for a polymer emulsion for a specific application. In this two-part series, we’ll take a look at the four big questions that they ask in these situations.

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The Chemistry of Modern Life: Emulsion Polymers in the Auto Industry

With problem-detecting sensors, wireless connections, cloud-based security and real-time navigation, it’s easy to think that the high-tech features in today’s hot rides are all electronic. That, however, would be overlooking some of the most remarkable technologies that are making cars safer, quieter, less expensive and...

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Crystalline vs. Amorphous Polymers

Polymers and polymer coatings are everywhere. They give magazine pages their gloss and ensure the durability of paint used on our homes. They turn up in adhesives, carpets, athletic tracks, roofing shingles and even roads. Each application needs the polymer to behave in a particular way, and behavior is determined by...

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Benefits of Emulsion Polymers for Elastomeric Roofs

Companies that design roof coatings are in a constant battle with the elements when formulating a coating that can stand up to constant exposure to sunlight, extreme temperature swings, and water damage.

By taking knowledge from other industries, roofing companies have historically tried to use both waterborne house paints...
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The Difference between Styrene-Butadiene Rubber and Styrene-Butadiene Latex

Often the terms Styrene-Butadiene Rubber (SB Rubber) and Styrene-Butadiene Latex (SB Latex) are used interchangeably. However, they are two different materials that are used in different ways on a variety of products.

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What's in Your Can? A Chat With Evonik About Dispersants

Mallard Creek Polymers: What is the dispersant’s purpose in the system?

Evonik: Wetting and dispersing additives prevent floating, flooding, and sedimentation of pigments in paints, inks, lacquers, and pigment concentrates. They operate in three partly consecutive / partly concurrent steps: wetting, dispersion, and...

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What's in Your Can? A Chat With Evonik About Defoamers & Deaerators

Mallard Creek Polymers: What is a defoamer / deaerator’s purpose in the system?

Evonik: Defoamers prevent formation of foam during manufacture and application of coatings and printing inks. Foam that is already formed is destroyed and air occlusions are prevented. Deaerators prevent development of air occlusions and...

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Understanding the Glass Transition Temperature

Read the specifications for any Mallard Creek Polymer product and you'll see a number for its glass transition temperature. Written as “Tg,” this helps users anticipate how the latex polymer will behave at it's service temperature. In this blog post we'll explain some of the science behind Tg and the implications for...

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What is tack, peel, & shear?

Lift the corner on a removable film and it should pull away cleanly and easily. Try the same on a shipping label and it should adhere stubbornly to the package. Both are adhesive applications yet the needs are very different. The way an adhesive performs is strongly influenced by the latex polymer emulsion included in the...

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Styrene Butadiene Latex

Styrene Butadiene latex is a polymer emulsion composed of two hydrocarbon monomers, styrene and butadiene. Styrene is derived from reacting benzene and ethylene; at room temperature it is a colorless oily liquid with a sweet odor. Butadiene is a byproduct of ethylene production and is a colorless gas with a faint odor of...

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