Functional Molecules & Polymers
ICES possesses expertise on synthetic methods for small molecules, polymers and polymer particles utilising organic chemistry, biochemistry, metabolic engineering and heterogeneous polymerisation techniques. Sustainability, cost effectiveness and scalability are drivers towards applications in specialty chemicals, nutrition, coatings and oil field chemicals. The Functional Molecules & Polymers division is structured into four teams across the areas of molecules, polymers, and polymer particles:
The emphasis of the Sustainable Chemistry & Circular Polymers team is on developing sustainable technologies for the synthesis of small molecules and polymers, and strategies for degradable/circular polymers.
The Integrated Bio & Organic Chemistry team draws from organic chemistry and biochemistry to efficiently access functional molecules for pharmaceutical or specialty chemicals applications.
The Oil Field Chemistry team focuses on enhanced oil recovery and flow assurance, developing small molecule, polymer and particle solutions.
The Polymer Technology & Reaction Engineering team focuses on polymer particle synthesis, polymers in complex fluids and polymer reaction engineering. The applications are in coatings and adhesives, personal care and consumer care products.