Polymer Chameleons: Emerging Trends and Opportunities


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Polymers, which respond in a programmed way to a stimulus, have been an intense area of interest. The last three years have witnessed increasing efforts focusing on the adoption of these functional polymers across the globe for applications ranging from healthcare to smart fabrics, from automotive to microfluidics.

This briefing will explore the key success factors and business opportunities for polymer chameleons in various industries.

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- The technology and product developments in stimuli-responsive polymers
- Factors that propel development of stimuli-responsive polymers
- Identification of market sectors and sub-sectors poised for expansion
- Opportunities and key success factors in this business
- Interactive Q&A session

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Polymer Chameleons: Emerging Trends and Opportunities

  1. 1. Polymer Chameleons: Emerging Trends andPolymer Chameleons: Emerging Trends and OpportunitiesOpportunities Assessing polymers that are designed to act as an 'on-off' switch based on a particular stimulus Aarthi Janakiraman, Industry Analyst © 2013 Frost & Sullivan. All rights reserved. This document contains highly confidential information and is the sole property of Frost & Sullivan. No part of it may be circulated, quoted, copied or otherwise reproduced without the written approval of Frost & Sullivan. Aarthi Janakiraman, Industry Analyst Chemicals and Materials, Technical Insights October 1, 2013
  2. 2. Today’s Presenter Functional Expertise Expertise covering broad range of sectors including: • Materials & Coatings • Polymers and Biomaterials • Food & Beverages • Health and Nutritional Supplements • Dietetics and Healthcare Industry Expertise Experience base covering broad range of sectors, leveraging long-standing working Aarthi Janakiraman 2 Experience base covering broad range of sectors, leveraging long-standing working relationships with leading industry participants’ Senior Executives in • Chemicals and Materials • Coatings • Food and Beverages • Healthcare and Wellness Education Post Graduate Program in Business Administration from Indo-German Training Centre, awarded by German Commerce of Industry & Trade, Germany Master of Philosophy from Avinashilingam Institute of Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore, India. Industry Analyst Technical Insights – Chemicals, Materials and Foods Frost & Sullivan Global Chennai, India
  3. 3. Agenda Today’s presentation will cover: A Brief Snapshot Application Landscape Drivers & Challenges and their Impact 3 Key Developments Insights – The Road Ahead Conclusions
  4. 4. Technology Snapshot SneakSneakSneakSneak Definition: • “Polymer Chameleons’ are stimuli-responsive polymers, also known as “smart” polymers or “environmentally sensitive” polymers that undergo rapid changes in their microstructure, triggered by changes in the environment. • External stimuli, including heat, pH, ionic strength, magnetic and electric fields, light, ultrasound, and chemical species. • Changes are reversible; and the system is capable of returning to its initial state on trigger removal Why Is It Important? • Ability to change the wettability, permeability, as well as adhesive, adsorptive, mechanical, and optical properties of the product. • Ability to adjust in a predictive manner to a certain stimulus or condition is essential for the 4 SneakSneak PreviewPreview SneakSneak PreviewPreview • Ability to adjust in a predictive manner to a certain stimulus or condition is essential for the development of targeted delivery techniques and other biomedical applications. Key Advantages: • Can regain their original shape/characteristics after the stimulus is removed. • Could be fine tuned for obtaining a desired characteristics of the end product. • Can respond to one or more triggers. Some Examples: • Synthetic polymers such as poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) or PNIPAM, para-Methoxy-N- methylamphetamine or PMMA, poly(methyl acrylate) or PMA. • Bio-polymers such as Proteins (elastin, collagen), Protein analogs, Protein-based polymers, and Self-assembling peptides. • Hybrid systems such as Polyethylene glycol (PEG) and bio-reinforced polymers.
  5. 5. Application Landscape—Different Industry Segments Self-healing surfaces Types of Reactions pHpH Temperatur e Temperatur e LightLight Ultra-SoundUltra-Sound Industry Segments Drug Delivery Wound Dressing Medical stents Bio-separation Application Areas HealthcareHealthcare AutomotiveAutomotive SensorsSensors ChemicalChemical Types of Triggers 5 Self-Directed Electronic Control System EnzymeEnzyme Magnetic field Magnetic field Electronic field Electronic field Ionic strength Ionic strength Areas Sensors Protective Clothing Viscosity Modifiers Liquid Chromatography Stakeholders Focus Areas Shape Memory Polymers Light Modulation Materials Self Healing Materials Hydrophobic Materials Conductive Polymers Biomimetic Materials OpticalOptical TextilesTextiles Personal Care Personal Care AerospaceAerospace PhysicalPhysical BiologicalBiological
  6. 6. Technology/Business Accelerators and Challenges Impact Drivers Need for Advanced Materials With Controlled Functionality Growing Government Aided Research Low High Ability to Solve Biocompatibility and Bio-film Issues in Healthcare Superior Functional Benefits over conventional polymers Wide Application Markets Reduction of maintenance and labor cost. 6 Short Term(1-3 years) Medium Term(4-6 years) Challenges Impact Long Term (7-10 years) Long term durability/Mechanical and chemical stabilityLack of Process know-how Low Low High Source: Frost & Sullivan. Gap between laboratory and marketplace Identifying potential partners and protection of IP Lack of material standardization Note: Longer the arrows, higher the impact Business Drivers Business Challenges Technology Drivers Technology Challenges
  7. 7. Technology Trends Early Current Future Polymers Shape memory polymers Conductive Polymers Ferroelectric polymers Functional Fillers Polymeric Gels Hydrophobic materials Temperature Sensing Polymers Reinforcements Copolymers Biopolymers Biomimetics Advances in nanotechnology and functional chemistry Innovations in Chemical formulations Ongoing investigations in complex structures and formulations 7 Early Current Future Manufacturing Processes Spray-on Coatings Deposition Techniques Thin film Vapor Deposition Peel off process Hybrid Systems Self Assembly Reel-to-reel die-coating Advances in Precision manufacturing Advances in deposition processes Advances in retrofitting and integration of different techniques
  8. 8. Recent Developments Temperature Threshold Polymers Light Modulation Materials Case Western Reserve University, USA -------- Piezochromic liquid-crystalline fluorophores-------- Temperature threshold sensing devices-------Sensors and Optics. Landec Corp, USA ------- Intelimer® polymer technology ---------- Personal care applications. FujiXerox, Japan---------Stimuli-responsive gel (NIPAM) containing a high concentration of pigments -----------Electrical Signals --------Electricals Industry. Recent Temperature Sensitive Polymers 8 Conductive Polymers Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA ---------Shape-memory plastics / “molecular switches,” ------- manufacturing of SRPs. Recent Developments Shape Memory Polymers Vivamer, UK --------- Polymeric backbones ----- Healthcare as a localized drug delivery system and therapeutic imaging. Encapsulated Polymers Textronics, USA --------- Textro-Polymers ---------- Protective Clothing and Sport equipment.
  9. 9. Emerging Opportunities for Stakeholders—Dashboard Summary Comparative Assessment- Current Scenario HealthcareHealthcare Automotive & TransportationAutomotive & Transportation Electricals & ElectronicsElectricals & Electronics Sensors & OpticsSensors & Optics TextilesTextiles Personal CarePersonal Care 0 1 2 3 4 5 3.5 0 1 2 3 4 5 3.5 0 1 2 3 4 5 3.75 9 Factors considered include: Patent Strength, Research Efforts, Impact of drivers and challenges on industry sectors, Potential of addressing demands in Market and Breadth of Applications Source: Frost & Sullivan. 0 1 2 3 4 5 4.0 0 1 2 3 4 5 3.0 0 1 2 3 4 5 1.5 Key: High 1 52 3 4
  10. 10. Application Adoption Roadmap MEMS Self Monitoring Drug Delivery Microfluidics Self-healing materials Biomedical Sensors Biofilm protection Contamination Detection Thermally responsive materials for personal care F&B Packaging Fuel cells 10 2013 2015 2017-18 Source: Frost & Sullivan 2020 MEMS Monitoring Devices Delivery Devices and Implants Electronics Integrated Textiles Flexible Chips & Displays Bio- separation Detection
  11. 11. Potential Scenarios for Convergence across Industries Opportunities in Healthcare, Textiles and Energy Harvesting Polymer Chameleons Smart Energy manage ment Targeted Drug Delivery Targeted case specific drugs for specific tissues . Controlled release of drugs on specific sites. Manufacture of fuel cells and energy storage materials. Stakeholders include Stanford University, USA & Northwestern University, USA. Stakeholders include Tokyo Institute of Technology and National University of Singapore. 11 Smart Textiles Personalized Implants Protective Clothing that can be fine tuned based on external atmospheric conditions. Leveraging 3D printing for personalized implants to increase patient turnaround time. Stakeholders include Creganna & mNemoscience GmbH Stakeholders include 3DO and M2 Polymer Technologies Inc. New Market Creation Increased interaction between Electronics and Textile Industries
  12. 12. Key Success Factors for Commercialization •Scalability tests to find the suitability of the polymers for large scale adoption across various sectors, esp. in case of electronics and healthcare. •Collaborative research focusing on bridging the industry needs with academic capabilities. •Establishing knowledge transfer networks Bridging the Gap between Academia and Industry Scalability for large scale production StandardQuantitative Establish USP for application sector Establish Supply Chain Alignment of Design 12 •Pre- market harmonization •Regulations to govern the use of SRP • Framing industry standards •Understand•Understand chemistry between the polymeric structure and their interactions. •Data on long term durability, safety and reliability of these polymers, esp. for healthcare. Standard Regulatory Framework s and Guidelines Quantitative data on Characterist ics, Safety and Reliability Alignment of Manufacturing and Testing processes Standardization of materials and methods Commercialization
  13. 13. Year of Impact Market Potential Global Footprint IP Activity Funding Breadth of Industries To Summarize…. 13 Potential Points of Convergence
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  17. 17. For Additional Information Liz Clark Corporate Communications Chemicals, Materials, & Food 210-477-8483 Liz.clark@frost.com Aarthi Janakiraman Industry Analyst Materials & Coatings (91) 044-66814102 aarthij@frost.com 17 Arpita Mukherjee Senior Research Analyst Materials & Coatings (91) 033-66813359 ArpitaM@frost.com Aravind Chander V Industry Manager Materials & Coatings (91) 044-66814103 achander@frost.com