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USING RING OPENING METATHESIS POLYMERIZATION (ROMP) TO GENERATE WATER-SOLUBLE POLYMERS

LEAD INVENTOR:
Gregory N. Tew, Ph.D.
 
DESCRIPTION
Water-soluble polymers have traditionally been synthesized via free radical polymerization methods. This technology provides a facile synthesis route to water-soluble polymers by leveraging Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization (ROMP). This novel approach allows for the use of a plurality of newly designed, norbonene-based water-soluble monomers and provides a whole new class of polymeric materials with tremendous commercial potential spanning from superabsorbent materials to contact lenses to new scaffolds for regenerative medicine.
 
ADVANTAGES

  • Versatility of monomer synthesis and functionalization
  • Ease of polymerization and copolymer synthesis; commercially recognized chemistry
  • Wide choice of ROMP monomers and cross linkers to meet the unique needs of various end-use applications
 
APPLICATIONS

  • Superabsorbent materials or hydrogels for the manufacture of personal disposable hygiene and healthcare products, as well as water retention or blocking agents for horticultural, agricultrual, industrial and environmental applications
  • Manufacture of personal care and cosmetics products
  • Manufacture of contact lenses
  • Manufacture of antibiofouling polymer coatings and materials
  • Development of scaffolds for regenerative medicine; bioadhesives
ABOUT THE INVENTOR
Dr. Gregory N. Tew is a Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a highly recognized scientist and entrepreneur in the field of polymer and material sciences as well as their interfaces with other scientific disciplines.
AVAILABILITY:
Available for Licensing or Sponsored Research
DOCKET:
UMA 08-04
PATENT STATUS:
US Patent 8,329,927
Contact:
Ling Shen
Senior Licensing Officer
University of Massachusetts
413-545-5276
lxshen@research.umass.edu
Inventor(s):
Sterling Alfred
Semra Colak
Paralee King
Ahmad Madkour
Gregory Tew
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