Welcome to Radical Polymers

We are dedicated to the development of differentiated products for mineral scale control in the water treatment industry. Our team is backed by over 35 years of specific expertise in the design and application of water treatment additives. Our INITIA® polymer additives are thoughtfully engineered to provide customers with best-in-class tools to meet your needs in today’s most challenging applications. Explore our site to learn what drives radical polymers, about our INITIA® line of polymer additives, and about the mechanisms of mineral scale control.

Our Products

Best in class technology for mineral scale control…


INITIA® 205 is an exceptional additive for the control of calcium phosphate in water treatment applications such as cooling. INITIA® 205 has been evaluated versus industry leading sulfonated ter-polymers and tetra-polymers and has demonstrated superior performance under a wide-range of conditions. The graphs below summarize the performance of INITIA® 205 under stressed conditions at 5, 10, and 15 mg/l ortho-phosphate.

INITIA® 205 delivers…

  • best-in-class calcium phosphate stabilization
  • exceptional iron stabilization
  • highly effective particulate and solids dispersion

suggested applications

  • cooling towers
  • boilers (<400psi)
  • reverse osmosis
  • mining
  • oilfield and natural gas


INITIA® 585 is an enhanced polymaleic acid (empa) that improves upon the exceptional performance of traditional polymaleic acid (pma). INITIA® 585 is differentiated from traditional pma in that it is optimized for adsorption onto forming mineral scales such as calcium carbonate. This optimization and improved surface adsorption results in profound distortion of forming crystal habits and provides effective threshold inhibition in demanding applications. INITIA® 585 is designed for control of mineral scales such as calcium carbonate, calcium sulfate, and barium sulfate in a wide variety of water treatment applications.

INITIA® 585 delivers…

  • exceptional stability in severe applications
  • best-in-class crystal habit modification
  • highly effective calcium carbonate inhibition
  • improved polymerization process
  • enhanced quality, low residual monomers

suggested applications

  • cooling towers
  • boilers (<400psi)
  • reverse osmosis
  • thermal desalination
  • mining
  • oilfield and natural gas
  • pulp and paper

Our Story

Who we are, how we got here…

We are a family of chemists with extensive experience in the development of specialty polymer additives. We formed our business with a passion for providing highly differentiated technologies that are coupled with an unmatched commitment to customer and technical support. We believe our customers seek and value this approach in the markets we serve.

Michael Standish is co-founder of Radical Polymers. Mike has over 28 years experience in polymer additive design and development. Prior to forming Radical Polymers, Mike served in technical and business leadership roles within global, publically traded chemical companies and is responsible for the development and patenting of industry leading polymers for use the water treatment, oilfield and detergent industries. He has authored and presented numerous industry papers for the Association of Water Technologies (AWT), Cooling Technology Institute (CTI), National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) and the American Chemical Society (ACS). Mike has served on the Board of Directors of AWT and holds a BS in Chemistry and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Leslie Standish is co-founder of Radical Polymers. Leslie has over 8 years experience in polymer synthesis and design. Leslie’s experience ranges from synthesis of low molecular weight polymers for the water treatment, detergents and oilfield industries to high molecular weight polymers for use as rheology modifiers in paper, detergents, and textiles. Leslie holds a BA in Chemistry and a BS in Biology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Chelsea Standish holds a BA in Chemistry and a BS in Biology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She recently graudated with a Master of Science from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Chelsea began working as a formulations chemist within the water treatment industry while completing her undergraduate degrees and began working with Radical Polymers as an applications chemist after graduation in late 2013.

Our Values

What we will do…
  • Be Passionate about Faith, Family, and Integrity
  • Listen Carefully to Our Customers
  • Provide Exceptional Customer and Technical Support
  • Be Driven to Deliver Differentiated, Best-in-Class Technologies