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Name: Bunny H.
Status: student
Age: 18
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: Monday, June 17, 2002


Question:
There is a white powder called SLUSH POWDER which is used to make water become like a solid like jelly. What kind of chemical is it?


Replies:
There are whole classes of "water absorbing polymers" used in many applications from baby diaper liners to soil adjuvants. They are poly-acrylates, poly-amides and other types of polymers differing in molecular weight, chemical make up and other properties. Generally they absorb water from 50 to 500 times their dry mass. If you search the term "water absorbing polymers" you will find projects, suppliers, etc. They are used to absorb water, condition soil and many other applications.

This is an entire technology and industry.

Vince Calder


Bunny,

Go here:

http://www.ncaur.usda.gov/contact_info.htm

then click on Contact Info (general Information) at their e-mail address.

Tell them you want information on "Super Slurper." These scientists invented the material to which you refer.

Regards,
ProfHoff 445


I am not familiar with the product, but it probably is a superabsorbent polymer of the type used in disposable diapers. That would be sodium poly(acrylate).

Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
Assistant Director
PG Research Foundation, Darien, Illinois



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