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Measuring poly(acrylamide) flocculants in fresh water using inter-polymer complex formation

A novel detection method for poly(acrylamide) flocculants was developed using interpolymer complexation between flocculants and a probe (poly(acrylic acid-co-acenaphthylene)). 

Announced today the Royal Society of Chemistry have accepted another manuscript by Thomas Swift, Linda Swanson, Andrew Bretherick (from SNF (UK) Ltd) and Stephen Rimmer. Titled ‘Measuring poly(acrylamide) flocculants in fresh water using inter-polymer complex formation’ this follows our recent communication about the use of fluorescence PAA as a polymer probe and demonstrates it’s use in several industrial fresh water flocculation plants around the UK.

Abstract:
A novel detection method for poly(acrylamide) flocculants was developed using interpolymer complexation between flocculants and a probe (poly(acrylic acid-co-acenaphthylene)). This detection method was tested in fresh water situations and found to be robust against a range of contaminants; additionally it was capable of detecting levels of flocculant dosing below 1 mg l-1. This method is remarkably fast and requires little sample modification compared to existing methods of detection.

The full paper can be found here: Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology