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Innovation Management - Baby Care, Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH

Scott Smith, who holds a doctorate in chemistry, has close to thirty years of research experience in the field of superabsorbents, both in the U.S. and in Germany. He has played a role in the development of more than fifty patents in this area. As research fellow, Smith works for the Innovation Management unit of Baby Care, and is based in Germany.


Wednesday 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Material & Technology Advancements I

Reinventing Absorption Speed: How a Well-known Feature Drives Hygiene Article Innovation of Tomorrow

Shortly after inventing superabsorber, speed has become a feature of intensive investigation. Despite the tremendous efforts spent for investigating of fast SAP till today no broad application in hygiene articles can be observed. This fact is mainly due to given limitations in combining speed with other important superabsorber properties. In this presentation an overview about historical development about speed technologies and a spotlight on breakthrough innovation, in creating absorption speed as well as in describing speed, for Superabsorber will be shown. By applying this technologies, Evonik is able to reinvent its Favor® portfolio to offer fast superabsorbents suitable for a broad range of hygiene applications.