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Polylactic Acid Biopolymer Adhesives

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This article will focus on the early development of polylactic acid for general use as well as its adaptation into adhesive systems. It is based on a much broader report that the author has completed for Pira International Ltd. Polymers manufactured... (Article)

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Low-Viscosity Polyurethane Prepolymers for Use in Adhesives

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The need to keep down levels of volatile isocyanate emitted from polyurethane adhesives often makes them highly viscous. There are ways around this, however, that as well as lowering viscosity can also improve adhesion to low surface energy... (Article)

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Hot Melt Raw Material Availability

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Backbone polymers, tackifiers and waxes all face availability issues in 2010. Moves to lighter feedstocks for cracking, increased demand and reduced supply of other raw materials look set to create a challenging year for hot-melt producers. Some of... (Editorial)

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Polyurea Adhesives and Sealants

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This article provides an introduction to polyurea chemistry. It reviews the advantages and disadvantages of these interesting polymers in adhesive and sealant applications. Formulation principles are given to achieve adhesive and sealant products... (Article)

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On-Line Monitoring of Polymerization Processes

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This editorial describes developments that are taking place in on-line methods of tracking and controlling polymerization processes. Focus is given to a relatively new process (at least for thermoplastics) and one that appears to be very useful –... (Editorial)

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High Solids Adhesives and Their Fillers

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Increasing concern about volatile organic compound emissions, embodied in building standards like LEED and Greenguard, are encouraging the uptake of high-solids adhesives. Use of surfactants and other stabilizers allow fillers to supplement the high... (Article)

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Tapping Trees for Adhesive Raw Materials

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Talking about "tapping trees" for raw materials might still bring to mind 18th century scientists, exploiting the rubber ooze to make elastomeric adhesives. However waste from lumber mills can produce lignin- or tannin-based adhesives for wood... (Editorial)

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Medical Adhesives – Part 2: External & Internal Medical Applications

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According to a recent report from the Freedonia Group, demand for medical and dental adhesives and sealants in the US is forecast to rise 7.6% per year to $1.8 billion in 2011 (from $1.3 billion in 2007 and $1.5 billion in 2009). The best... (Article)

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ICF Interview: Initiative Towards Sustainable Solutions From An Adhesive Formulator Involved Into The Shoe Industry

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Industrie Chimiche Forestali (ICF) has been engaged since 1918 in the production and trading of adhesives dedicated to the Footwear Industry. ICF is at the forefront of the shoe market in term of environmentally-friendly materials. The Merquinsa... (Article)

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Soybean Adhesives

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This article will focus on the use of soybean proteins in adhesive systems. The major market opportunity is as a wood adhesive or as a binder in the manufacture of wood composites in the construction industry. Currently much attention is being paid... (Article)

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Alternatives to Toughening

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This editorial describes various technical alternatives to improving the toughness in structural adhesives. Toughening, when done correctly, generally results in formulation having improved impact resistance and peel strength without detracting from... (Editorial)

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