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DuPont BioMaterials’ Expert Discussed Engineered Polysaccharides for Adhesives at FEICA 2019

Published on 2019-09-13. Author : SpecialChem

dupont-biomaterials-feica DuPont BioMaterials’ expert presented on the topic “Engineered polysaccharides: alpha-1,3- glucan polymer as a performance enhancing additive for latex adhesives” at FEICA 2019.

DuPont’s Biopolymers for Multiple Applications

Polysaccharides are important biopolymers with a wide range of industrial and consumer product applications. Historically, polysaccharides such as starch and starch derivatives have been used in material science for a range of adhesive applications.

DuPont Industrial Biosciences has developed a family of engineered polysaccharides through the selective polymerization of sucrose to provide materials with a range of molecular weights, solubility, and polymer architecture and particle morphology. The underlying enzymatic polymerization process offers the opportunity to design the polymer structure and the material properties of these new biomaterials.

One specific example, the linear alpha-1,3-polyglucose, has been assessed in adhesive applications.

Glucan Polymer for Enhanced Adhesive Performance

This work will focus on the incorporation of alpha-1,3-polyglucose as a performance enhancing additive in polyvinyl alcohol stabilized polyvinyl acetate copolymer latexes.

The glucan polymer was incorporated as a dry powder and the adhesive solids adjusted for comparative purposes. Adhesive performance was measured using ASTM Standard Method D-905 on Hard Maple (Acer saccharum) and ASTM D-906 on yellow poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) plywood veneer. Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) and

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy reveal unique molecular interactions between the alpha-1,3-polyglucose and the latex polymers to provide significant improvements in adhesive strength and wood failure performance.

Source: FEICA 2019
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