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Formaldehyde and Health Risks

Negative health effects caused by formaldehyde can be avoided through safe ventilation practices and detection instruments.

Formaldehyde is a chemical widely used to manufacture building materials and various household products. Formaldehyde resin is an adhesive commonly used in woodworking, especially in veneer and lamination work. It is known for open working time, rigidity and moisture resistance.


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Toughening Epoxy Adhesives

The addition of a polyurethane segment into the epoxy polymer improves strength and heat resistance for commercial epoxy adhesives.

Due to their different physical properties, epoxy adhesives and polyurethane adhesives are sold into different segments of the adhesives market.


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Open for Business: Taking Advantage of Economic Development Incentives

Companies can use economic development incentives to boost profits.

Companies that are starting up, moving or expanding may be able to tap into state and local economic development incentives to save significant money and improve profitability. With 12.1 million people unemployed nationally, states, in particular, are bidding against one another to attract and retain business.


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Coming Face-to-Face with Facebook and Twitter

Social networking sites provide both challenges and opportunities.

Whether you are into social networking or not, its popularity cannot be denied. In October 2012, Facebook hit one billion active users. Twitter has more than 200 million active users who send a billion tweets a week. Clearly, more and more companies are turning to social networking sites to advertise their products and services, deliver messages, and improve customer service.


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Advancing Adhesives: Physicist Develops New Silicone Rubber

The new material may find applications as a packaging tape, as a shoe insole, as padding for prosthetics, and much more.

If anything bothers University of Virginia physicist Lou Bloomfield, it’s a wobbly table. So much so that he actually invented a material to eliminate the problem. The material, a type of silicone rubber that is both rigid and fluid—a “viscoelastic” solid—can be placed under a table leg where it conforms to the shape of the leg bottom and the floor surface, perfectly filling the gap.


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UV Curing with Lasers

Lasers may provide the ultimate light source to achieve ultra-fast polymerization and micronic resolution.

The photo curing extent of styrenic block copolymer (SBC)-based adhesive formulations applied as a uniform layer on a Mylar film can be readily determined by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR).


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Coatings Innovation: New Environmental Road Markings Improve Safety

The road markings incorporate tiny glass beads that reflect the light from headlights in dark or wet conditions.

Road markings ensure traffic safety, but there are differences among them, both in terms of quality and eco-friendliness. Evonik Industries has conducted an independent lifecycle assessment (LCA) and found that DEGAROUTE-based road markings protect not only road users but also the climate.


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Carbon Nanotube-Based Coatings

New coatings containing CNTs offer enhanced strength and corrosion resistance.

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.

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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ExxonMobil Tackifier Expansion

Dwight Tozer, vice president of ExxonMobil’s Adhesion Industry business, discusses the company’s latest tackifier expansion project with Editor-in-Chief Susan Sutton.



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