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Advancing Adhesives: Magnetic Pollen Replicas are a Sticky Business

Magnetic pollen replicas offer multimodal adhesion in iron oxide coatings.
By John Toon
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Researchers have created magnetic replicas of sunflower pollen grains using a wet chemical, layer-by-layer process that applies highly conformal iron oxide coatings.


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Boosting ROI with Powerful PR and Social Media

Trade show success involves planned marketing and public relations efforts before, during, and after the show.
By Scott Clark
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Next month, the American Coatings Show and the Adhesive and Sealant Council Spring Convention and Expo will draw thousands of key players in the global adhesives, sealants, and coatings industries to Atlanta and Orlando, respectively.


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Strategic Solutions: A New Decision-Making Framework

By A. Todd Muhleman
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On a daily basis, television, newspaper, and radio fill their programming with “experts” who are all too eager to prognosticate where the stock market will be in 12 months, how quickly the sea will rise in the next 100 years, or who will win the Super Bowl and why.


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Q&A About Polyurethane: Prepolymers with Low Isocyanate Content

What might cause problems with reproducibility in prepolymers with low isocyanate content?
By Dr. Jeffrey F. Dormish
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We manufacture prepolymers with an isocyanate content of 15-20% NCO using a variety of diphenylmethane-based isocyanates and polyether polyols.


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Common Problems with Common Tests

Understanding manufacturer instructions and test standards can help prevent problems when testing to industry standards.
By Amy Peterson
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Testing to industry standards provides repeatable methods for comparison and quality assurance purposes.


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Advancing Adhesives: A Natural Feedstock

A new carbon-negative bio-butanol production technology uses cellulose as its feedstock.
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ITRI (Industrial Technology Research Institute), Taiwan’s largest and a leading international high-tech applied research institution, recently introduced ButyFix, reportedly the first biochemical technology for bio-butanol transportation fuel production with a negative carbon footprint.


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IP in Depth: Expediting Patent Application Examinations

The USPTO developed four programs designed to speed up the examination of patent applications.
By Michael Gzybowski
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In August 2013, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reported a backlog of 591,665 patent applications waiting to be examined and an average total pendency (time from filing to end of examination) of 29.4 months.


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Market Trends: Growth Continues for Asia-Pacific Coatings Market

The five largest coatings suppliers in the Asia-Pacific Region are projected to capture 28% of worldwide sales in 2013.
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Coating consumption in the Asia-Pacific region is projected to be 16.45 million tons worth $48.3 billion in 2013, according to the consulting firm Kusumgar, Nerlfi & Growney.


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Editor's Memo: New Year's Resolutions

Chances are, finding ways to work smarter and faster will be on your list of goals for 2014.
By Susan Sutton
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The beginning of each calendar year is a great time to take stock of our business and try to make some work-related New Year’s resolutions (aka, goals).


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Top 5 ASI Market Trend Stories of 2013

Hot-melt adhesives drew the most interest.
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Below are the five most-viewed market trends stories on the ASI website for 2013.*


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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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