Webinar Series
The Science INSIDE Webinar Series:

Finding solutions with porous polymers


Porous polymers are the unknown science behind many of the products we use every day, providing key functionalities to products as diverse as coloring markers and diagnostic tests. In this webinar series, learn about the different types and functions of porous polymers and how they can be applied in just about any industry.

For almost 60 years, Porex has been partnering with our customers to deliver engineering and design innovations in porous polymers that turn their product ideas into reality. Join Avi Robbins, Porex vice president of product development and R&D, as he helps attendees explore how porous polymers can improve their product’s performance and drive market differentiation in their industry.

Perfect for design and manufacturing engineers who either have a potential product concept or need to fix a problem with an existing product, this monthly webinar series explores the science behind porous polymers and how to select the right type of material for your application.

Upcoming Webinars

Using Porous Polymers for Filtration:  
Don’t Let Poor Design or Material Choice Become a Barrier

11:00 am DST, Apr. 30, 2020

Whether it is to protect critical components, reduce contamination of the environment or ensure device functionality, filters play an important role for many products and manufacturing processes. Filters serve as the ultimate safeguard for a device, blocking or removing impurities such as unwanted gases, liquids or particles that can contaminate or negatively impact a device.  Porous plastic filter and separation media materials have been used for decades in the most demanding filtration and separation applications from water and industrial filtration to bioscience applications. Perfect for design and manufacturing engineers who either have a potential product concept or need to fix a problem with an existing product, this webinar will explore the science behind how porous polymer filtration media can be the game-changer for optimal device functionality and performance across industries as varied as healthcare, industrial, and electronics.


Past Webinars

Master the Secret Weapon for Product Performance:
An Introduction to Porous Polymers

Recorded: 11:00 am DST, Mar. 24, 2020

Porous polymers are the little-known science inside many of the products we use every day, providing key functionalities to products as diverse as markers and diagnostic tests.  Perfect for engineers who either have a new product concept or need to fix a design problem, this webinar will explain how to select the right type of material and technology for your application.

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Apply Like the Experts: Best Practices for Achieving your Desired Product Experience

Recorded: 11:00 am EST, Feb. 18, 2020

Many items that consumers use every day rely both on the accurate and reliable release and the application of liquids onto a surface or a substrate.   Whether a cosmetic product transferring liquid eye-liner formula to an eye or a marker transferring ink to paper, these products would fail to work properly without functional solutions for managing the storage and output of their ingredients.   Seemingly basic designs require a sophisticated interplay between different types of porous components – including both reservoirs for formula storage and applicators (also called nibs in writing instruments) – that work together to manage formula delivery to provide the specific user experience required by the manufacturer.   Understanding the relationship between these porous polymer components, as well as the unique interactions between ingredients of different viscosities and materials with different porosities, is critical for mastering how application can be optimized in your product.

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Enhancing Diffusion Capabilities to Maximize Consistency and Performance

Recorded: 11:00 am EST, Jan. 21, 2020

Diffusion is the process by which a liquid or a gas gets distributed into a broader environment, such as when a fragrance release product allows for a scent to be diffused into the air in a room. It is also an important function in dissipating a waste product or even spreading a liquid or gas used in manufacturing. Porous polymers have been used for decades in a variety of sparging and diffusion applications in industrial, consumer and bioscience markets to create a consistent, evenly distributed product release.

Diffusion challenges solved by porous polymers are as varied as consistently releasing air freshener scent or insecticide into a room to delivering an even spread of oxygen or other gas into a bioprocessing system and even ensuring an even spread of light onto a surface. Proper diffusion can alleviate issues related to flow and distribution of liquids and gases in many different environments. In this webinar, engineers will discover the many applications of porous diffusion media and what criteria to specify when designing a product that requires diffusion as part of its functionality.

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Wicking Workshop: Tips and Tricks for Better Function

Recorded: 11:00 am EST, Dec. 11, 2019

Used in everything from cosmetics to writing instruments to diagnostics equipment, wicking systems are essential to controlling liquid volume capacity and fluid transfer rates. In this webinar, learn how wicking works across multiple types of application in order to determine what type of wicking solution – including material, technology, and characteristics – is best suited for your application.

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Decoding your Venting Needs: Which Materials Work Best?

Recorded: 11:00 am EST, Nov.19, 2019

From common household electronics to critical medical devices, venting is an essential application that ensures both high-tech and low-tech devices used everyday function properly in their respective environments. Not all devices are alike and thus require different venting solutions.  In this webinar, learn how to determine if you need a venting solution as well which venting materials enable your devices to perform at their best. 

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Redefining the Capabilities of Foam with Open-Cell Technology

Recorded: 11:00 a.m. EST, Oct. 18, 2019

New advancements in material development allow the infusion of customer-exclusive additives including antimicrobials, nanomaterials, pharmaceuticals, botanicals, cosmetic ingredients and colorants – thereby helping to achieve custom product specifications and to enhance product differentiation.  In this webinar, challenge what you know about foam and discover the unique manufacturing process of open-cell foam and how to determine the material and characteristics your product design needs.

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Passport to Performance: Maximizing Device Capabilities with Sintered Particles

Recorded: 11:00 am EST, August 27, 2019

One of the types of porous polymers, sintered particle materials are engineered from various polymers with controlled pore sizes to provide outstanding strength, durability, chemical resistance, resiliency, and design flexibility across multiple applications.  In this webinar, learn about key applications of sintered particles across all six functional areas – absorption, application, diffusion, filtration, wicking, and venting – and how to determine the material and characteristics your application needs.


Stronger Together: Bonded Fiber for Fluid Management

Recorded: 11:00 am EST, Sept. 24, 2019

Bonded fiber is made in a similar fashion to sintered particles,but using fibrous standards instead of particles. In this webinar, learn more about this technology that features optimized capillary structures that can be made from countless raw polymers.