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Adhesives Ingredients
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Adhesives Ingredients
How to select raw materials smarter and faster for your Adhesives & Sealants formulations? Renowned experts in the field have designed these Selection Guides to assist you further in your selection according to your applications. In this section, we also provide you with Technology Profiles, states of the art of the main raw materials used in Adhesives & Sealants.

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Anisotropic Conductive Adhesives (ACA) for Electronics

By SpecialChem

Liquid-crystal and plasma display TVs, as well as other thin film electronic technologies, demand that electronics are bonded in very close proximity to glass, using the adhesive as sophisticated addition to the circuit design. Anisotropically conductive adhesives are one of the good materials to hold popularity in this area largely due to the ability to precisely control the volume of material, density of the particles in any sample, and the distribution of those particles within the sample. Since ACAs comprise of a set of materials combining either epoxy or acrylic polymers and conductive particles to allow electrical connection; using the right method...

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Polymers and Additives for Pressure Sensitive Adhesives

By Edward M. Petrie

Pressure sensitive adhesives, when in the dry state, are aggressively tacky at room temperature and possess a high degree of "quick stick" or initial grab. They can adhere to a variety of dissimilar materials without the need for much more than slight pressure. Often the pressure is applied by hand, but rollers, presses, and other mechanical devices can also be used. There’s always a scope for tailored performance for a particular high-end application. But, how to select the right additive for your requirement? Learn here, the additives and polymers that are used in pressure sensitive adhesives and how overall performance properties...

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Select Curing / Vulcanizing Agents for Adhesives

By Edward M. Petrie

The transformation of a liquid resin to a solid adhesive or sealant is achieved by the addition of chemically active compounds known as curing, cross-linking, or vulcanizing agents. They are substances that are added to a polymeric resin to assist the curing reaction and cross-linking to further increase the thermal stability and mechanical properties of the polymer. But how cross-linking affects the mechanical strength of a sealant? What are there important factors that need to be considered for selecting the right curing additive for adhesives? Explore the chemistry behind cross-linking in detail and learn the criterion of selecting the right curing...

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Epoxy Resins for Adhesives and Sealants

By Edward M. Petrie

Epoxy resin-based adhesives are probably the most versatile family of adhesives used today! Since they bond well with many substrates and can be easily modified to achieve widely varying properties, they found wide applications in applications such as automotive, industrial, aerospace etc. Get comprehensive information about fundamentals of epoxy resins used in adhesives, main types of chemical classes and selection tips to find the right product for your adhesive or sealant formulation.

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Hot Melt Adhesives: Basics, Ingredient Selection & Formulation Tips

By SpecialChem

Thanks to the fast setting speed, relatively low cost (materials and processing), and low environmental impact, hot melt adhesives are widely used in applications (book binding, hygiene etc.). And like any other adhesive formulations, hot melt adhesives require a delicate balancing of constituents relative to the performance and processing properties. The selection of formulation components is determined primarily by the chemical compatibility of the components both during the formulation stage and during the service life stage. Optimal properties and performance can only be exhibited by a formulation where all the components are compatible. Become an expert by learning about:   » Basics...

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Adhesion Promoters: Adhesion Basics & Material Selection Tips for Adhesives

By Edward M. Petrie

Adhesion promoters are a group of specialty bifunctional compounds that can react chemically and form a "chemical bridge" either between the adhesive and the substrate or the adhesive matrix and internal fillers. They are generally chosen by matching the organic functionality to the base polymer to optimize bonding. However, the choice of the correct adhesion promoter family or a type within a given family is often not a straight-forward task. Sometimes mixtures of adhesion promoters are used to provide enhanced hydrophobicity, thermal stability, or crosslinking at the bonding site. Learn how to optimize adhesion performance of your adhesives formulation by understanding:    » Basics...

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Styrene Butadiene Copolymer Resins Selection

By Edward M. Petrie

Styrene Butadiene Copolymers (SBC) represent a versatile family of resins for adhesive and sealant development. Formulations prepared with SBC resin as base polymer offer a unique combination of properties and have found wide applications in diverse markets. This selection guide focuses on fundamentals of SBC resins, their types and variations, benefits they impart to the formulation and features that give them an edge over others. Read on to select a Styrene butadiene copolymer resin that best suits your adhesive/ sealant formulation and end-use requirement.

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Polyurethane Dispersions (PUD) Selection

By Edward M. Petrie

This guide will endeavor to direct the formulator through the process of selecting polyurethane dispersions for a specific adhesive formulation and end-use requirement. The chemistry of the polyurethane dispersion will dictate the performance properties. Therefore, the formulator needs to know what properties are affected by certain characteristics of the dispersion.

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Thermoplastics Polyurethanes Adhesives (TPU): Techno Brief

By SpecialChem

This guide contains significant information regarding thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs) for the adhesives and sealants industry. TPUs are formed by linear polymeric chains comprising a small proportion of hard segments and soft segments. Should you work with TPU this guide would prove to be a worthy source of TPU technology in adhesives and industrial applications that have been exploiting its benefits and performance characteristics.

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Antioxidants for Adhesives

By Edward M. Petrie

Adhesives and their raw materials react like other organic materials with oxygen in a process called autoxidation. This guide offers you an extended overview of Antioxidants in the adhesives & sealant industry. You will be able to select the antioxidant you need from the different antioxidant families mentioned here. This guide will also take a look into antioxidant benefits and applications. You can also check how to test and determine the efficiency of the antioxidant(s) you have selected.

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