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Carbon Nanotube-Based Coatings

New coatings containing CNTs offer enhanced strength and corrosion resistance.
May 1, 2013

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are nanometer-scale tubular structures consisting entirely of carbon atoms. They represent a newly discovered elemental form of carbon and have remarkable properties in terms of mechanical strength, thermal conductance and electrical conductivity.


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Advancing Adhesives: Agricultural Waste and Adhesives

Glue produced from spent fowl is proving to be an alternative to soy-based adhesives.
May 1, 2013

Almost two-thirds of adhesives produced each year in the U.S. are from non-renewable petroleum resources. However, each year brings added pressure to search for alternatives to petroleum-based adhesives, as oil prices rise and concerns over pollution released during the manufacture of these products grow.


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Advancing Adhesives: Mussels Inspire Innovative New Adhesive for Surgery

A new synthetic family of adhesives can serve as bioadhesives.
May 1, 2013

Mussels can be a delicious meal, but the chemistry that lets mussels stick to underwater surfaces may also provide a highly adhesive wound closure and more effective healing from surgery.


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High-Efficiency Styrenic Block Copolymers

High-efficiency polymers can help formulators by reducing viscosity or increasing formulation flexibility.
May 1, 2013

Today’s hot-melt formulators face many challenges, including variations in the availability of raw material supply and the pressure to reduce formulation costs. High-efficiency polymers can help formulators by reducing formulation viscosity or increasing formulation flexibility, which allows for the exchange of resin or oil for polymers.


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Self-Assembling Acrylic Block Copolymers for Enhanced Adhesives Properties

A new type of acrylic copolymer has been developed that features block structures and controlled functional group placement due to a controlled radical polymerization process.
May 1, 2013

Acrylic polymers are widely used in pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) applications in the form of emulsion, solvent or radiation-cured systems. They combine good UV resistance, transparency, tailored tack, and stiffness due to a large choice of acrylic and methacrylic comonomers.


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Build Your Knowledge at PSTC’s Tape Summit 2013

Attendees of Tape Summit 2013 will benefit from a variety of focused learning opportunities.
May 1, 2013

The Pressure Sensitive Tape Council’s Tape Summit 2013 will be held May 13-17 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, La. Industry professionals will benefit from a variety of focused learning opportunities, including Tape University, TECH 36, and the Exhibitor and Technical Poster events.


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Focus On: Expanding Excellence

Bostik celebrates Business & Technology Center expansion.
May 1, 2013

A VIP list of political, business and economic development leaders helped Bostik celebrate the grand opening of its expanded business and technology center in Wauwatosa, Wis., late last year.


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Atlanta to Host Spring ASC Convention

The adhesives and sealants community will gather April 21-23 to share business information, discover the latest innovations, and network with industry leaders.
April 1, 2013

Technological advancements, industry innovations and regulatory updates: all these features and more will be highlighted at the 2013 Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) Spring Conference and Expo in Atlanta, Ga. The adhesives and sealants community will gather at the Hyatt Regency from April 21-23 to share business information, discover the latest innovations, and network with industry leaders.


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Advancing Adhesives: On the Move

Ford is using liquid gasketing in a new high-volume production engine.
April 1, 2013

The Ford Motor Co.’s one-liter Fox engine will reportedly soon be manufactured across the globe. Designed at the company’s Dagenham Diesel Centre (DDC), it has the highest output per displacement of any high-volume production engine on the market, with a power output of 124 hp.


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Discoloration of Elastomeric Joint Sealants

Various mechanisms and formulation components can cause sealant discoloration.
April 1, 2013

Today’s elastomeric joint sealants are quite remarkable. For a relatively low cost, they provide much of the protection against air or water intrusion for many types of assemblies. In these applications, a sealant must adhere tenaciously to the substrates and maintain prolonged flexibility while being bombarded by wind, rain, heat, ultraviolet (UV) light, ice, dirt, and so on.


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