Monday, October 15, 2007

Go Beavs - OSU Develops a Bio-adhesive

From the Science Daily:

Researchers at Oregon State University developed a new, environmentally friendly adhesive made with renewable natural resources. The glue, which replaces current adhesives that release cancer-causing chemicals into the air, will improve the environment and human health, as well as provide new markets for U.S. soybean farmers.

Since the 1940s, adhesive products used to make wood products, such as plywood, particleboard and fiberboard, contained cancer causing-chemicals, such as phenol–formaldehyde and urea–formaldehyde resins. This product, developed by Kaichang Li and colleagues at Oregon State University, provides a high-performance, formaldehyde-free adhesive alternative.

The soy-based adhesive is stronger than, and cost-competitive with, conventional adhesives. Application of this adhesive in U.S. wood products may improve the global competitiveness of U.S wood composite companies, including furniture and kitchen cabinetry industries. In addition, the use of a soy-based adhesive product will enhance the economic benefits to U.S. soybean farmers.

1 comment:

steve g said...

Reminds me of the presentation just put on by BBI, here in Portland. Chemical Engineer, Terry Brix detailed the myriad products that can be produced from Glycerol, the by-product, or co-product generated in the production of Biodiesel.

Epichlorhydren, Terry says, is a valuable adhesive that can be produced from glycerine. Contact IPCI or Brix-Berg for details.