Polymers have a vast range of industrial uses—they are fundamental in the formulation of coatings, paint and adhesives, as well as agricultural and animal health products. At the Ferrier Research Institute, our research programme is centred on making and using novel renewable materials to enable our collaborators and industry partners to create new and improved products and applications.
New reactive polymers
In recent research, we have developed and patented two new reactive polymer systems that are benign, renewable and water soluble. Because they incorporate levulinic acid, a renewably derived building block, they are capable of being cross-linked to form macromolecular networks. Incorporation of these materials into new and existing products will increase their renewable content.
So far we have established potential applications in paint formulations and therapeutic delivery systems, and as new film forming agents and rheology modifiers.
Our current studies focus on:
controlled release of animal therapeutics
stable dispersions for architectural coatings
formulation of pesticide treatments.
Glucosaminoglycans (GAGs) are complex, highly charged, natural polymers. In conjunction with our international partners, we are researching and developing analytical methods and production technologies for a range of GAG molecules with biomedical applications.
We work closely with New Zealand and international businesses. We contract our expertise and license our technology to help them develop new products for new markets.
Formulation technology forms a key part of many manufacturing businesses. Our goal is to generate novel materials and methodologies to support these formulation-dependent businesses. They can benefit from our advice and expertise, and commercialise the materials we create for their products.
We are proud to have ongoing relationships with:
A*STAR, Institute of Medical Biology (biomedical research)
Argenta Manufacturing Limited (animal health)
D’Arcy Polychrome Limited (pigments)
Nuplex Industries Limited (industrial chemicals)
The Population Council (pharmaceutical development)