Global Smart Polymers market is currently valued at $xx million in 2014 and is expected to show a growth of compound annual growth rate of xx% till 2020.
Smart Polymers, or Stimuli-responsive polymers, are polymers that respond sharply to small changes in physical or chemical conditions with relatively large phase or property changes. The stimulus is categorized as Physical (Ex. Temperature, Ionic Strength, Radiation), Chemical (Ex. pH, Specific Ions, Chemical Agents), and Biochemical (Ex. Enzyme Substrates, Affinity Ligands) and could be internal, external, single or a combination of two or more stimuli.
Interest in smart polymers is steadily gaining increasing momentum especially in the fields of controlled and self-regulated drug delivery. Smart polymers are becoming progressively relevant in the field of protein and peptide delivery, as researchers are learning the ways to take advantage of their interesting properties and control them. Each type of delivery system has specific advantage in particular to sustained protein delivery. The important properties that affect the drug release and mechanical strength of the polymeric delivery system include hydrophobic/hydrophilic balance, polymer chain length, molecular weight, polymer structure and architecture, among others. The biodegradability and biocompatibility are the two most important characteristics of polymers that have to be considered for their in vivo application.
Companies profiled in the Smart Polymers market report include Dow Chemicals, Huntsman, Azko Nobel, Bayer Material Science, Autonomic Materials and High Impact Technology among others.
Shape memory polymers (SMP) and other smart polymers have the potential to be game-changers across many industries. In the automotive field, these advanced materials may eventually lead to vehicle subsystems that can self-heal in the event of damage, or that can be designed to change color or appearance. SMPs open new opportunities for variable features in vehicles. The novel materials add new high-tech features while improving vehicle performance at lower cost.
Large expenditure on research and development activities and high product costs are the major restraints for the smart polymer market.
What the report contains
The report elucidates the situation of Smart Polymers around the world and studies its markets by type which include Temperature-responsive polymers, pH-responsive polymers, Photo-responsive polymers, Magnetically-responsive polymer gels and elastomers, Enzyme-responsive polymers, Shape memory polymers, Smart polymer hydrogels and Self-healing polymer systems; and by application – Bioseparation, Biocatalysts, Drug Delivery, Tissue Engineering, Medical Devices, Food Packaging, Textile, Optical Data Storage, Automotive among others.
Lastly, the report is divided by geography – North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific (APAC), and Rest of the World (ROW); where-in the market share of each region is analyzed and estimates are provided for the next 5 years.
Key points in table of content
1.2 Research Methodology
2. Executive Summary
3. Smart Polymers Market
3.2 Industry Value Chain Analysis
3.3 Industry Attractiveness – Porter’s 5 Force Analysis
3.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
3.3.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
3.3.3 Threat of New Entrants
3.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
3.3.5 Degree of Competition
4. Market Dynamics
4.1.1 Application of shape memory polymer in automotive industry
4.1.2 Growing middle class income in emerging nations
4.1.3 Demand for high efficiency technologies replacing old ones
4.3.1 Increasing applications
4.3.2 More spending on R&D
4.4 PESTLE Analysis
5. Market Segmentation and Analysis
5.1 By Type
5.1.1 Temperature-responsive polymers
5.1.2 pH-responsive polymers
5.1.3 Photo-responsive polymers
5.1.4 Magnetically-responsive polymer gels and elastomers
5.1.5 Enzyme-responsive polymers
5.1.6 Shape memory polymers
5.1.7 Smart polymer hydrogels
5.1.8 Self-healing polymer systems
5.2 By Applications
5.2.3 Drug Delivery
5.2.4 Tissue Engineering
5.2.5 Medical Devices
5.2.6 Food Packaging
5.2.8 Optical Data Storage
6. Upstream Raw Materials Analysis
7. Down Stream Market Analysis
8. Manufacturing Process Analysis
9. Regional Market Analysis (Market size, growth and forecast)
9.1.4 South Korea
9.1.6 Rest of Asia-Pacific
9.2 North America
9.2.1 United States
9.2.4 Rest of North America
9.3.2 United Kingdom
9.3.5 Rest of Europe
10. Competitive Landscape
10.1 Mergers & Acquisitions
10.2 Joint Ventures, Collaborations and Agreements
10.3 Market Share Analysis
10.4 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players
11. Company Profiles (Overview, Products & Services, Financials, Recent Developments)
11.1 Autonomic Materials
11.2 Bayer Material Science
11.3 High Impact Technology
11.7 MacDermid Autotype Ltd.
11.8 Dow Chemicals
11.10 Azko Nobel
11.11 …list not exhaustive
12. Future of Smart Polymer Market
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