Polymer Chemistry

Polymers in and Around You

What absorbs liquid in diapers?

The general term for the materials that absorb water in diapers is “super-absorbent polymers”; these same compounds are used to chill drinks and to make fire retardants and fake snow. Modern absorbing materials are typically sodium salts of polyacrylic acids, and these can become almost entirely water by weight and as much as 30–60% by volume.


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