Specialty Applications

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With its unique properties, Selvol™ Polyvinyl Alcohol ideally suits many specialized applications. These properties include:

  • Water solubility
  • Abrasion resistance
  • High tensile strength
  • High adhesive strength
  • Oil and grease resistance
  • Film forming capabilities
  • Biodegradability
  • Compostability
  • Crosslinkability

Specialty Applications

These properties play a critical role in applications such as:

  • Detergents
  • Seed coatings
  • Polyvinyl chloride polymerization
  • Ceramic binding
  • Sponges
  • Dental adhesives
  • Sand coatings
  • Floor coatings
  • Assay methods
  • Health and beauty aids
  • Cleaning concentrates
  • Balloons
  • Printing inks
  • Release agents
  • Temporary protective coatings

… and many more

Recipe for Success

It’s important to select the right grade to match the properties that PVOH can provide for your application.   Before selecting a grade, please consider the key performance attributes that are needed in your application.  PVOH molecular weight and hydrolysis levels can have a large influence on performance properties.  In general, higher molecular weight PVOH grades give higher tensile strengths and abrasion resistance while also increasing viscosity.  Higher hydrolysis grades of PVOH can impact water resistance/solubility, as well as compatibility in formulations or adhesion to substrates (for example as a temporary coating).  Our R&D and Technical Service teams at our Houston Technology Center can help with grade selection based on your needs.

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