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 Farmer 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