Original Paper

Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 258-262

Adhesive designed by nature (and tested at Redstone Arsenal)

  • J. CombieAffiliated withMontana Biotech Email author 
  • , A. SteelAffiliated withAMSAM-RD-PS-CM, US Army Aviation and Missile Command
  • , R. SweitzerAffiliated withTitan Corporation/Engineering, Environment and Logistics Oversight Office

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Many adhesives are not particularly environmentally friendly. Montana Biotech has been working on an affordable, water-based adhesive produced from a renewable resource. The high molecular weight polysaccharide is non-cytotoxic, biodegradable and has a melting point of 225 °C. This “green” adhesive has good tensile strength approximately 6.2 mPa on bare aluminum and is especially useful on epoxy glass and manufactured woods. Cured adhesive maintained full strength in an environmental chamber during a week-long 85% humidity, temperature-cycling program.