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Renewable Additives for Adhesives and Sealants

SpecialChem / Edward M. Petrie & Edward Petrie – Jan 23, 2012

This article provides an overview of renewable additive materials that are being used and developed for use in biobased adhesives and sealants. The drivers and barriers are also reviewed in an effort to determine their commercial sustainability and practicality in conventional adhesive and sealant formulations. The suffix “bio” is beginning to appear in front of many terms related to adhesives and sealants. It generally relates to materials that are produced from renewable, agricultural origins such as soy and corn, which are harvested and chemically converted into useful raw polymeric materials. Their widespread production can eventually reduce the amount of petroleum that is used to make common polymers. Renewable materials are also believed to have reduced price volatility due to their disconnect from the price of petroleum.

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