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Nouryon introduces breakthrough smart-tagged polymer system for advanced water treatment

5 Mar 2021 - News

Nouryon has introduced LumaTreat™, a global patent-pending smart-tagged polymer line of products that is revolutionary in the water management industry. LumaTreat products are fluorescent monomers that attach on a deposit control agent. The combination of the fluorescent monomer and deposit control polymer provide a Smart Tag that accurately measures the ‘free’ or unused polymer in the water treatment system.

The products are a breakthrough because LumaTreat can tag most polymers used in water treatment to prevent calcium phosphate, calcium carbonate and other deposits that, over time, produce scale deposits.

To date, the industry has widely used pyrenetetrasulfonic acid tetrasodium salt (PTSA) in water treatment formulations. However, PTSA is an inert fluorescent tracer that only provides an estimate of how much formulation is in the water. LumaTreat enables customers to accurately measure ‘free polymer’ in the system, reducing the amount of polymer and water usage during the treatment process. This is a sustainable solution that both minimizes polymer consumption and conserves water. 

“LumaTreat polymers contain high-purity (or active level) tagged monomers that provide accurate measurement of the free polymer and the amount of stress on the water treatment system,” said John Anderson, Sales & Marketing Leader, Industrial Specialties at Nouryon. “LumaTreat optimizes polymer and water usage under everyday conditions while preventing scaling during system disruptions, such as hot spots, pH pump failure or changing water conditions,” he said. 

A great win for everyone

This version of LumaTreat is the first of three patent-pending compositions introduced by Nouryon, and targets water treaters who use PTSA. Nouryon is working in partnership with customers on additional versions to be introduced later. Nouryon’s patent applications are published as International Publication Number WO2020/243176 and WO2020/243180.

Another advantage for customers is that the LumaTreat polymers use the same fluorimeters found in PTSA technology so that water treaters can use their existing equipment. “This eliminates capital expenditure and ensures formulation costs won’t change significantly,” said Anderson.

“We’re really proud of the Nouryon team that has worked on this scientific breakthrough leading to a pending patent,” said Larry Ryan, Nouryon’s Executive Vice President and President, Performance Formulations and the Americas. “This innovation not only benefits the environment but also helps reduce costs for our customers. That’s a great win for everyone.”

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