I believe our most successful polymer was our 3rd prototype, consisting of both gelatin and water.
During our testing process, our observations with the prototype were that it was grippy, oil-free, smell-free, and aesthetically pleasing. As each of our tests revolved around these aspects, we carefully examined each prototype to enable to us to develop the best possible polymer. To test the grip element of our handle, we simply held a cup with the grip as well as without it to observe if the grip had improved. Unlike the gloop and guar gum mixture, the gelatin and water mixture was oil and smell free. We also added food coloring to further enhance the visual aspect of our product. Another added benefit of our mug handle was that its ingredients, water and gelatin, are both environmentally friendly and recyclable, further highlighting the effectiveness of this recipe.
The oiliness of the second recipe: gloop and guar gum, can be very reasonably be scientifically explained. This is as some polymerizations join entire monomers together, whereas others join only portions of monomers and create “leftover” materials. The gloop and guar gum’s “leftover” material was the oil, whereas the gelatin and water plausibly joined the entire monomers together, thus forming our desired polymer.
In terms of our design process, I believe we were extremely successful in creating an effective mug handle to the best of our abilities, however, I do believe there were certain changes we could have made. Firstly, I believe we could have been smarter with our prototypes, as we did create many polymers that were simply insignificant and unimportant to the development of our main handle, which consumed much of our time. Without this time, for our final product, we were unable to properly dry the polymer around the cup and thus the handle broke (not to a consequential degree, but still could have been avoided). In terms of our presentation, I believe we were both confident and effective in explaining the goals of our company: the Best For You Organics Company. However, our presentation was affected by the fact that we did not have a perfect model to keep on display for the panelists, as well as the fact that we did not spend much time reviewing each slide so as to familiarize ourselves with the content. As for the sustainability aspect, I believe our product was amongst the most sustainable and eco-friendly polymers available on offer, as our handle was 100% environmentally friendly.