Breakthrough seen with bio-based adhesivesNew Zealand manufacturers of medium density fibreboard (MDF) have been working for many years to reduce formaldehyde in response to regulatory pressure from Japan. Similar concerns have more recently emerged in the US and Europe, resulting in higher demand for “green” panel products.
Suitable alternatives to standard adhesives do not grow on trees. Or so everyone thought. Three years ago, chemistry scientists at Scion initiated an entirely new research programme to create bioadhesives.
Project leader Dr Warren Grigsby says their aim was to make adhesives that do not require any formaldehyde or petrochemicals, using a green chemistry approach.
“We now have proof of concept at pilot scale and are focused on providing underpinning science that will lead to commercialisation,” Warren says. “As with any new product development, there is more work to be done to achieve a commercially viable solution. We find this stage of research is best done in partnership with industrial manufacturers.”
With architects, designers and furniture makers all seeking this kind of product, Warren believes the technology is poised for global uptake. “The green approach could offer local manufacturers a competitive advantage over wood panel processing plants located overseas. Scion is keen to speak with manufacturers who may be interested in exploring this opportunity.”
Source: Scion Connections
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