"What is defeat? Nothing but education, nothing but the first step toward something better.”
– Wendell Phillips, Abolitionist

I love that quote, and particularly this month, it reminds me of the amazing people who are involved in research and development. They must be incredibly determined and continually optimistic. Why else would they be willing (and able!) to go through so much trial and error on a daily basis?

A multitude of innovations will surely be on display next month at the Adhesive and Sealant Council’s Spring Convention and Expo (April 28-30 in Orlando, Fla.) and the American Coatings Show and Conference (April 8-10 in Atlanta, Ga.). We’re featuring previews (including summaries of technical sessions, exhibitions and networking opportunities, along with daily schedules and lists of exhibitors) of both of these key industry events in this issue so you know what to expect when you attend. Take a look at these articles for the details, and we hope to see you in Orlando and Atlanta!

In this issue of ASI, we’re also covering some of the results of the industry’s innovative R&D efforts—high-tech formulations and applications. For example, blends of dibenzoates have been developed that can offer a number of benefits in pressure-sensitive adhesive formulations. Learn more about Dibenzoate Plasticizers in Waterborne Acrylic PSAs.

As the industry continues to research “green” alternatives to traditional raw materials, lignin is gaining interest as viable option. “Much of lignin’s appeal is that it’s a large, non-petroleum source of aromatic materials, including phenols,” writes Dale Mitchell. “Nearly all commercial phenolics currently come from petroleum, but isolated lignins from woody biomass provide a large, economically attractive source that is renewable and sustainable.” Read the full article.

 Are you involved in R&D? What keeps you motivated every day? We’d love to hear your story! Please contact me at (330) 336-4098 or suttons@bnpmedia.com.