M2 Polymer / Newly Redesigned Website

We have recently completed an extensive redeisgn of our website. We have added drop down menus and much more content. The reorganization of the site provides easy access to all technical resources, MSDS, technical data sheets and case studies for our extensive range of Waste Lock super absorbent polymer products as well as our oil sorbents and waste treatment products for Heavy Metals and PCBs.

Go to www.m2polymer.com Be sure to click the “Refresh” button on your browser. Go to the Facebook link and please “like” for our new site!

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Superabsorbent Polymer Performance & Conductivity (and TDS)

We are often getting asked “How much Waste Lock® super absorbent polymer will I need?” The answer is — It depends on the character of the liquid being absorbed. As we know, SAPs absorb by means of a diffusion gradient built into the backbone of the polymer chains. One gram of Waste Lock® 770 will absorb about 450 grams of DI water. But start adding cations (Sodium, Calcium, Magnesium, etc…) to the water and absorbency starts to fall. One gram of the Waste Lock® 770 will absorb about 120-150 grams of tap/well water or 55 grams of a 1% NaCl solution.

The best way to gauge is to test a smal sample of waste with polymer to determine the absorbency ratio. If that is not possible — or if one is processing many batches of waste — measuring CONDUCTIVTY is an easy and effective way to determine the relative “challenging nature” of the waste liquid. It also allows waste processors to measure diffeerences between waste batches.

Conductivity is the ability of a liquid to conduct a current. It is the reciprocal of resistance (ohms) and is expressed as Siemens (S) or in many cases milli-Siemens (mS) or micro-Siemens (µS) per centimeter (cm).

The Conductivity of most DI Water is around 0.05 to 0.2 µS/cm. Distilled water is typically 0.4 to 0.7 µS/cm. Start adding cations and the Conductivity climbs rapidly:

Waste Water: 0.9 to 9 mS/cm (Note: milli-Siemens not µS/cm !!!)
Brackish Water: 1 to 80 mS/cm
Ocean Water: 50-55 mS/cm
10% NaOH: 355 mS/cm

The point here is to track the RELATIVE Conductivity of different waste streams. We sometime will get a call from a customer saying that “the super absorbent polymer is not working as good.” In practically every case, the customer’s waste has a much higher cation load (Conductivity) than an earlier waste batch. Hence, more sorbent is required.

Conductivity meters are easily and cheaply available on-line and many sell for as little as $100-$200. It is a fast, reliable, nondestructive, inexpensive and durable means of measuring the ionic character of a sample.

Another option is to measure Total Dissolved Solids (TDS). TDS is inferred from Conductivity and then expressed as PPM (mg/Liter). TDS is mainly used in fresh water systems and it counts both inorganic & organic constituents of the waste liquid. The relationship between Conductivity and TDS is:

2 µS/cm = 1 PPM of TDS (mg/L)

Either system allows a waste processor to evaluate new waste batches prior to processing and sorbent addition.

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M2 Polymer / New LINE CARD Available!

M² Polymer Technologies has posted their newly revised Line Card on their website at:


The revised Line Card showcases the broad assortment of superabsorbent polymer products offered by the company — multiple chemistries in granular products, Waste Lock® super absorbent Rolls, several styles of absorbent socks (including a unique “Teabag” design), the OASIS® superabsorbent fibers from the UK, decorative SAP Spheres (perfect little balls of superabsorbent polymer) and Snow SAP — an expanding version of polymer that feels like real snow.

The company’s range of oil/hydrocarbon absorbents is shown —> Totalsorb®, OrganoLock™ N-65 and surface modified Organoclays.

The new Line Card also highlights the Molecular Bonding System™ (MBS) technology. This is a proven and patented technology that converts soluble RCRA Heavy Metals (Mercury, Chromium, Lead, etc…) into insoluble and non-leachable forms in a simple and cost-effective fashion.

Visit the M2 Polymer web site for more information: http://www.m2polymer.com

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Oil and Water Absorption with Superabsorbent Polymers

M² Polymer Technologies is pleased to announce their latest innovative product: TOTALSORB™-Plus! We are blending some of our Waste Lock® superabsorbent polymer with a unique form of Expanded Amorphous Alumina Silicate mineral. This combination allows users to rapidly dry up vexing oil and water combination in environmental remediation or in spill response.

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Martin Matushek
M² Polymer Technologies, Inc.

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Mercury is a Dangerous Neurotoxin

The Daily Herald published my letter and rebuttal about the dangers of Mercury.


Title: Mercury is a Neurotoxin
I am writing in rebuttal to the letter posted Sunday by Donn Dears titled “EPA’s war against coal a disservice.” First, it must be noted that Mr. Dears is a self-styled “energy expert” (per his Linkedin.com page) with no college degree who runs something called TSAugust, a “volunteer think tank.” This group is a shill for the coal & oil industry and a group that denies Global Warming due to manmade CO2 generation.

I am staggered by this person’s illogic and lack of basic knowledge of toxicology. As for my qualifications, I am a degreed chemist (UIUC 1981) and the owner of a successful environmental specialty chemical company.
Dears regurgitates Fox News cherry-picked reports and he willfully disregards choices between Mercury sources we can control (coal fired power plants) and those that we cannot (volcanoes, natural deposits).
Mercury and its related compounds are powerful teratogens, carcinogens, and neurotoxins.

One of the earliest, large-scale health studies on Mercury from the 18th & 19th century involved neurological diseases among workers in the felt hat industry who were exposed to Mercury laden vapors. Hence, the term “Mad as a Hatter.” A single drop of Dimethyl Mercury can be absorbed through the skin and kill a 250 lbs man.

We cannot control natural sources of Mercury but only seek to avoid and contain them. We can, however, require the coal industry to implement necessary and cost-effective emission controls to remove this toxic compound from our environment and our children. The technology is reliable and not so costly as the coal industry portrays. It is pure greed and profit motive that drives the coal industry to feel that they should be able to pollute with impunity. To suggest, as Dears does, that somehow coal plant Mercury is magically “not a hazard” is ignorant and simply wrong.

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M² Polymer at Charity Golf Outing

We will again be participating in the annual WM 2012 conference in Phoenix, AZ on February 25 -29.  As part of this event for the nuclear remediation industry, we will participate in and sponsor a foursome in the “Dutch Uncle” Charity Golf Event for The Michael Krupinski Memorial Foundation (MKMF) .  The event is run by executives of Denuke, Inc. 


Proceeds from the Dutch Uncle Golf Tournament, raffle, and purchases benefit the non-profit Michael Krupinski Memorial Foundation Education Fund (MKMF), www.mkmfeducationfund.org. MKMF’s mission is to expand the pipeline of students entering the engineering field to support the nuclear industry’s growing workplace requirements.

Last year at the Phoenix Dutch Uncle Golf Benefit, they generated $20,000 for the MKMF and hope to surpass that amount this year. Significant portions of those funds have gone to programs and summer camps providing middle school-age students the opportunity to experience high-tech engineering careers first hand. One very special activity the Foundation recently has undertaken is providing a grant to the University of Wisconsin to further its capability to provide students remote access and interaction with the University’s reactor operations and its personnel.

Since 2000, M² Polymer Technologies has been a premier supplier of specialty super absorbent products to the environmental remediation industry and has a particularly strong presence in the nuclear remediation sector.  Our WASTE LOCK® brand of superabsorbent polymer products are widely known by clean-up contractors across the USA and Canada.  Super absorbent technology is highly advantageous in absorbing low level radioactive waste liquids because the superabsorbents expand waste volume by less than 1% — thereby minimizing disposal costs.  The polymers are also adept at binding soluble metallic cations and thereby allowing wastes to pass leachability tests (TCLP).

Besides sponsoring a “Dutch Uncle” foursome, M² Polymer will also provide printed golf shirts and golf balls as part of the charity gift auction.  We believe that our labeled “WASTE LOCK® Golf Balls” will absorb more water than any other kind!  (Maybe not a good thing on those pesky water hazards….)

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Super Absorbent Polymers and Biodegradability

We recently sent Facebook & Linkedin requests to all our friends asking them to visit our site and click the Facebook “Like” button on our site to help us build external links. One young lady — a friend of a friend — wrote some disparaging comments because “superabsorbent polymers are not biodegradable.” That is a correct statement… and WRONG MINDED particularly for our principle market application — solidification of hazardous waste.

We sell our WASTE LOCK® brands of super absorbent polymers to absorb free water in many types of hazardous waste — particularly low level radioactive waste (LLRW). Besdies absorbing the water, these polymers also bind soluble metals like Cadmium, Chromium, Mercury, etc… Once bound & immobilized, you do NOT want the sorbent to be biodegradable because it would release the hazardous component back into the environment!

As a matter of fact, the US Code of Federal Regulations (40CFR264.314) requires that all sorbents used with hazardous waste be non-biodegradable and the regulation lists “long chain polymers… and crosslinked acrylic polymers” as meeting the non-biodegradable criteria.

We will publish another blog on the pros & cons of non-biodegradable superabsorbents in baby diapers in the future.

Please visit our site www.m2polymer.com for more product information.

Happy New Year! MM

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New WASTE LOCK Superabsorbent Polymer Contract Awarded to M2 Polymer

M² Polymer Technologies, Inc. is pleased to announce that they have successfully competed in a bid and have been awarded a one year supply contract by UCOR (URS-CH2M Oak Ridge LLC) for super absorbent socks and superabsorbent rolls for the clean-up at ETTP. The contract, which runs through 12/31/12, estimates a requirement for 15,000 Waste Lock® superabsorbent socks (8-feet each in length) and 200 Waste Lock® super absorbent rolls (each 48″ X 500 feet).

Established in January 2000, M² Polymer Technologies is widely known in the environmental remediation industry for the Waste Lock® brand of superabsorbent products. The company is SBA-registered as a small, woman-owned business. In May 2011, the company attained ISO-9001 registration.

For additional information on the company or products visit the website at www.m2polymer.com or call 847-836-1393.

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Super Absorbent Polymers & Latex Paint

We have shot a cool, new video showing the magic that our WASTE LOCK® superabsorbent polymers perform when mixed with unused latex paint.

How many times have you cleaned out your garage and found many gallons of partially used latex paint? How do you solidify this stuff so that the garbageman will take it? Using kitty litter makes a huge mess — and tripled the volume of paint waste! An easier solution is to use a super absorbent polymer – like our WASTE LOCK® 770.

What is latex paint? It’s an oil-in-water emulsion.

What happens when a superabsorbent polymer is mixed with it? The polymer particles aggressively absorb the water fraction of the emulsion and leave the oil (or latex) fraction alone where it aggressive cross-links and turns into a large rubbery plug. The great thing is that it is fast working (about 5 minutes) and increases the paint waste volume by less than 1%!

Check out our new video on Youtube at:

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New Music

OK… I know this blog is not technical. But work with me here…
Every few years I discover a band — in this world of Rap-Crap supposed “music” — that renews my faith that there is still good original music waiting to be discovered out there. Check “Fitz and The Tantrums.”

The song “Moneygrabber” is getting the most buzz but my favorite is “Winds of Change.”

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