The Pressure Sensitive Tape Council (PSTC) recently named Joseph Binder, Ph.D., R&D polymer synthesis chemist for Dow Adhesives, the recipient of the 2022 Carl Dahlquist Award. Binder received the award for his paper presentation at the inaugural Tape Week, which was held May 2-5, 2022. PSTC will recognize Binder at Tape Week 2023, which will be held May 4-7, 2023, at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

PSTC presents the Dahlquist Award annually to a researcher advancing adhesive tape technology. A panel of judges evaluates a range of criteria including originality, scientific contribution, quality of visuals, and presentation quality. The eponymous innovator Carl Dahlquist developed the Dahlquist criterion of tack, which determines if the modulus value of a material is low enough to be considered a pressure-sensitive adhesive.

Binder’s paper, “Designed Polymer Particle Architectures for Waterborne Acrylic Pressure Sensitive Adhesives,” identifies opportunities to improve the adhesion/cohesion balance of waterborne pressure-sensitive adhesives. He joined Dow Adhesives R&D in 2015 as a polymer synthesis chemist. Prior to joining Dow, he worked at BP in bio-based chemicals and fuels research. He holds a B.S. from Illinois Wesleyan University and a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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