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VISIOMER® – methacrylate monomers for health and personal care applications

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METHACRYLATE MONOMERS FOR HEALTH AND PERSONAL CARE


Health & personal care covers a broad range of applications such as feminine care, cosmetics/hair care products, dental compounds, pharmaceuticals and contact lenses.

VISIOMER Cosmetic & Hair Care

COSMETICS & HAIR CARE

Copolymers of amino methacrylates and/or quaternized monomers are part of many hair care products as these polymers accumulate on the hair surface. Cationic polyelectrolytes, which show a strong affinity with hair keratin, are used for cationic adjustment. This is achieved by copolymerizing cationic monomers with hydrophobic, non-ionic ones, leading to polyelectrolytes whose films are elastic and less hygroscopic. All cationic polymers have to be listed for use in cosmetics. They are registered under a sequential number in the International Nomenclature for Cosmetic Ingredients, specifically as part of the polyquaternium group. The International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and Handbook lists the INCI number along with the CAS number, trade name and supplier.

VISIOMER Contact Lenses

CONTACT LENSES

Soft contact lenses are hydrogels consisting of hydroxyesters, crosslinkers and other comonomers to increase hydrophilicity. VISIOMER® UHP HEMA (ultra high-purity hydroxy methacrylate) enables the production of dimensionally stable soft contact lenses with high wear comfort. This is achieved by combining high oxygen permeability with high water uptake. VISIOMER® UHP HEMA is often used in combination with crosslinkers, such as VISIOMER® EGDMA, PEG200DMA, TRGDMA and GMMA for this application.

VISIOMER Dental Compounds

DENTAL COMPOUNDS

VISIOMER® MMA multifunctional methacrylates are also ideally suited for various dental applications, including

  • Artificial teeth and dentures 

  • Temporary crowns and bridges 

  • Fillings

  • Adhesives

Artificial teeth and dentures are manufactured using the monomer/polymer method. Here, formulations typically contain a certain amount of multifunctional methacrylates, e.g. VISIOMER® EGDMA. Composites for crowns and bridges, fillings and adhesives contain high molecular weight multifunctional methacrylates that show minimum shrinkage during polymerization, e.g. VISIOMER® HEMATMDI, as well as low-molecular-weight multifunctional methacrylates for viscosity adjustment, such as VISIOMER® TRGDMA. Dental applications also require monomers that can be light-cured. Due to its reactivity, VISIOMER® HEMATMDI is one of the methacrylate monomers that is specifically dedicated to this application.

Methacrylate monomers and their typical health & personal care applications

Monomer group

VISIOMER® products 

Typical applications

Basic methacrylates

VISIOMER® MMA
VISIOMER® GMAA
VISIOMER® n-BMA
VISIOMER® i-BMA

Cosmetics, hair care

Dental compounds

Ether methacrylates

VISIOMER® MPEG 750 MA W 

Cosmetics, hair care, baby care

Crosslinkers

VISIOMER® EGDMA
VISIOMER® TRGDMA 
VISIOMER® PEG200DMA
VISIOMER® HEMATMDI

Dental compounds, contact lenses

Amino Methacrylates

VISIOMER® MADAME
VISIOMER® DMAPMA
VISIOMER® TMAEMC
VISIOMER® MAPTAC

Cosmetics, hair care

Contact lenses HEMA

VISIOMER® UHP HEMA

Contact lenses