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Starch-based Adhesives

SpecialChem / Edward M. Petrie & Edward Petrie – Apr 10, 2013

This article will review the raw materials that go into starch adhesives, the methods of adhesive manufacture, and the additives that are commonly used in formulations for improvement of specific properties. The common applications and formulations of starch adhesives will be identified. Finally, the current state of development of modern starch adhesives will be reviewed. The largest class of natural adhesives is based on starch. It plays a very large part in industrial production, especially the packaging industry. Starch is principally used for bonding paper products. Most corrugated boxboard for making cartons is bonded with starch based adhesives. Although other porous substrates, such as wood, wallboard, and textiles, can be easily joined with these versatile adhesives, the starch adhesives have been generally replaced by synthetic adhesives in these applications.

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