Specialty Applications

With its unique properties, our Selvol™ polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) resin ideally suits many specialty applications. These are only a few of Selvol PVOH’s outstanding qualities:

  • 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 critical roles in applications such as the following (and many more):

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

Recipe for Success: Specialty Applications

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 you need for your application. For example, PVOH molecular weight and hydrolysis levels can strongly influence performance properties.

In general, higher molecular weight PVOH grades give higher tensile strengths and abrasion resistance while increasing viscosity. Higher hydrolysis PVOH grades can affect water resistance and solubility, as well as compatibility in formulations or adhesion to substrates (for example, as temporary coatings).

Our R&D and Technical Service teams at our Houston Technology Center can help with grade selection based on your needs! Contact us to learn more or to request a sample.

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