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Developing an Easily Removable Chewing Gum

Voss Gibson

Voss Gibson (previous student, left the group in 2009)

The ubiquity of chewing gum comes at an escalating cost to governments worldwide. The development of an easily removable chewing gum presents significant challenges given that chewing gum is sticky by nature. An approach which facilitates the "beauty" of our cityscapes entails the synthesis and characterisation of amphiphilic graft copolymers, their incorporation into chewing gum formulations and the development of experiments to assess the properties of the polymers as well as the resultant chewing gums (in terms of composition, adhesion, hardness, hydrophilicity and removability from environmental surfaces).