The advantages of APonics
  • Increase pesticide coverage above 90%
  • Decreace pesticide drip-off between 30-50%
  • Decrease pesticide usage 50%
  • Less consumption of water (less than 50%)
  • Less environmental damage
The discovery

The discovery

Chemists at the Radboud University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands, have discovered a polymer gel which has the property of being liquid at low temperature and solid at high temperature. This is unique as the temperature sensitivity of APonics is ​​exactly opposite to the how generally hydrogels gelate. The product name of this material is APonics. The transition from liquid to a gel takes place between 14 and 40 °C (the gel can be adjusted to the desired transition temperature within this range). APonics polymer consists of a polyisocyanopeptide having a helical structure which dissolves in water. A detailed description of the polymer synthesis and properties was published in Nature on 24 January 2013 (Responsive biomimetic networks from polyisicyanopeptide hydrogels, 2013;K ouwer, P.H.J. et al.; A.E.Nature, 493, 651 – 655. ISSN 0028-0836).