Water-soluble polymers and thickeners continue to grow in market volume and diversity. Today there is a noticeable trend toward cosmetic applications that depend upon stimuli-responsive behavior that results in thermo-associative thickening at desired temperatures. This article reviews recent trends in thermally initiated stimuli-responsive materials and provides some insight into the physicochemical mechanisms that underpin this fascinating behavior.
Excerpt Only This is a shortened version or summary of the article that appeared in the October 2006 issue of Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine. The full content is not currently available online.