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Latest Material Advances for Low-VOC Adhesives & Sealants

Payal Ahuja – Dec 14, 2018

Latest Material Advances for Low-VOC Adhesives & SealantsIncreasing regulatory pressure and growing public awareness regarding environmental effects and health issues have created greater demand for low VOC products. Hence, in order to meet this ongoing challenge to develop greener products with low odor/low VOC-emission, recently we have seen some very interesting raw material advances & formulation developments in the industry.

Let’s get going to see how these innovations can aid development of low-VOC, low-emissive adhesive & sealants products…



Raw Material Advances


VOC- & Silicone-free Defoamer by Troy


Troy’s latest addition “Troykyd® D767” is a mineral oil-free, silicone-free defoamer that provides outstanding air release in aqueous systems including adhesive formulations.

  • Promotes efficient release of trapped air
  • Easily pre-dispersed in water
  • Effective over a broad pH range
  • Effective at high temperatures

It is a VOC-free product that is well-suited for modern green applications.


New Monomer for Low-odor Solutions by Evonik


Evonik has developed new monomer - VISIOMER® GLYFOMA (glycerol formal methacrylate) which offers the possibility of creating low-odor and styrene-free vinyl ester based resins. In adhesive formulations, this reactive diluent can replace styrene and MMA, either partially or in full.

  • Is partially bio-based (38% of glycerol derived from renewable raw materials) v Has practically no odor
  • Has exceptional low flammability 
  • Has excellent thermal stability
  • Is label-free and registered with REACH

Due to its low vapor pressure, it can be used anywhere low-VOC properties are required. It is also interesting to note that VISIOMER® GLYFOMA-crosslinker combinations are suitable for substitution of styrene in composite or other reactive resins, such as methacrylate based structural adhesives, where low VOC is needed.

VISIOMER® GLYFOMA-crosslinker for Low VOC Structural Adhesive Applications

More Solutions from Evonik to Reduce VOC Emissions in PU Applications


  • DABCO® low emission catalyst designed to react into the polyurethane matrix without contributing to emissions. The innovative DABCO® catalysts have excellent catalytic activity and are proven to help meet the most strict emissions standards, such as VDA 278.
  • ORTEGOL® Aldehyde scavengers which can significantly reduce aldehyde emission levels while doesn’t compromise physical properties.
  • POLYCAT® amine based catalyst with excellent system stability and very fast initial reaction. Compared to conventional catalyst it facilitates for reduced amine emission during spraying.


Non-toxic and SVOC-free Plasticizer by Chemceed


Recently, ChemCeed has introduced ELATUR® CH, a phthalate alternative plasticizer that is well suited for PVC applications including flooring, wall coverings, films, hoses, adhesives and sealants.

This non-toxic and SVOC free is claimed to be a prime choice for applications where PVC comes in close human contact. Its performance properties are excellent for both thermoplastic and plastisol applications in terms of:

  • Cold flexibility
  • Rheological properties
  • Hydrolytic stability
  • Migration
  • UV stability


Low-VOC Water-based Bonding Agents by Dow


As an alternative to solvent-based bonding agents, Dow has developed a new generation of water-based bonding agents for rubber-to-metal anti-vibration applications. These products are equal to solvent-based formulations with significantly reduced VOCs at a competitive cost.

MEGUM™ water-based bonding agents are available as both primer and cover products that can be used together or separately.

  • Bond strength fully compatible to solvent-based systems on natural rubber, NBR, HNBR and EPDM.
  • Excellent performance in dynamic real parts testing with EPDM – at the same levels as used for solvent-based standards
  • High salt-spray and corrosion resistance
  • Non-flammable
  • High solids, low viscosity with the opportunity to spare dilution


Lignin-derived Low VOC MS Polymer by Kaneka & VITO


Kaneka & VITO have announced a new collaboration which aims to develop a modified silane polymer based on lignin. MS polymer is a liquid polymer made from petroleum derivatives that serves as a base material for high-quality elastic adhesives, sealants and coatings. Since its invention in 1978, its use in sectors such as construction, transport and industry has consistently increased.

"The basic product already has several tried-and-tested unique properties," says Richard Vendamme of VITO. "It is low in VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions and is solvent-free, which is good for the environment and human health. But there is also scope for innovation and improvement."

Also Read: Advances in Wood Biomass-derived Chemicals



Developments in Low Emissive Final Adhesives Products


Apart from the above mentioned advances in raw materials, some of the recently developed low VOC final adhesives products include:

Low VOC, Moisture-cured Adhesive Systems for Wood Flooring
  • DriTac MCS 7000 – A “green” concrete moisture control system that dramatically reduces the rate of harmful moisture vapor emissions up to 100% relative humidity (RH). It beings down to 25 lbs. levels accepted by most flooring manufacturers, prior to the installation of wood, resilient, carpet tile and all floating floors. This premium-grade moisture control system has been certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label Plus Program for Indoor Air Quality. It touts DriTac’s “green” certification, designated for flooring installation solutions that contain zero VOC and zero solvents.

  • MAPEI Ultrabond ECO 977 - A fast-setting, 100%-solids, one component, moisture-cured urethane adhesive specifically designed for the installation of domestic solid and engineered wood flooring. It has been approved for use with domestic solid and engineered wood flooring of any width or length. Because this adhesive has a low-odor formula with negligible volatile organic compound (VOC) content, it is ideal for use in interior settings and can contribute to LEED v4 project points. 

  • NewStar Adhesive LV ECONOBOND – It offers a low VOC adhesive solution for temporary bonding of large panels and thermal insulation in the interior construction of houses, trailers, and mods. It provides quick, immediate tack applied at production line speeds for low cost, 100% dependable temporary bonds. With less than 250 VOC grams per liter, LV ECONOBOND helps manufacturers keep their VOCs below ever shrinking regulatory limits.



2 Comments on "Latest Material Advances for Low-VOC Adhesives & Sealants "
Payal A Jun 2, 2021
Dear Koen, Thank you for your suggestion. Indeed with growing environmental concerns, more and more adhesives and sealants formulators are looking for products with low VOC while offering versatility in formulations. The complete datasheet of Santicizer Platinum P-1700 can be accessed here: https://adhesives.specialchem.com/product/a-valtris-specialty-chemicals-santicizer-platinum-p-1700
Koen S Jun 1, 2021
With regards to specialty plasticizers, Valtris Specialty Chemicals has launched the Santicizer Platinum P-1700 (low VOC, fast fusing non phthalate plasticizer).

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