VICTORIA, British Columbia – September 8, 2021 – XlynX Materials is pleased to announce the creation of a new class of adhesives they are calling “molecular glues”. These allow difficult-to-bond polymers such as polyethylene and polypropylene to permanently adhere to themselves and other materials, thanks to exceptionally strong chemical bonds.
Conventional adhesives generally take advantage of mechanical forces to hold materials together. BondLynx © uses bis-diazirine chemistry to create covalent chemical bonds between polymer chains, permanently crosslinking them together through strong carbon-carbon bonds.
This is the same type of carpentry that is found between carbon atoms in the polymer chains themselves. Once BondLynx has been applied to a polymer, the crosslinking process can be initiated by heat, ultraviolet (UV) / visible light or an electric field depending on the specific requirements of the manufacturing process.
“The really amazing thing about BondLynx is that it can ‘stick’ virtually any plastic to any other plastic. BondLynx works by inserting into carbon-hydrogen bonds found in almost all basic polymers. The potential applications are limitless. said Jeremy Wulff, PhD, professor of organic chemistry at the University of Victoria.
BondLynx has successfully passed adhesion tests on a wide range of polymers and polymer-metal combinations. Remarkably, even elastomers and wet surfaces can be bonded with BondLynx, opening up wide opportunities for new medical and dental applications.
In addition to being used directly as polymeric adhesives, BondLynx © molecular glues can be applied to polymeric textiles to bind and strengthen fibers. It has been shown to be effective in reinforcing Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) fabrics for ballistic protective equipment and wind sports applications.
“As a leading manufacturer of body protection products, PRE Labs has had the privilege of testing and using ultra-high performance fabrics crosslinked with BondLynx. Our evaluations to date have confirmed that these next generation crosslinking agents can dramatically improve tear and puncture resistance as well as the mechanical properties of high performance fabrics. said Brad Field, CEO of PRE Labs.
Researchers at the University of British Columbia, the University of Alberta, McGill University and industry labs have already started testing.
SAMPLES for testing and research are now available from XlynX Materials. Please send your request to [email protected] and take the opportunity to consult with some of our experts today to see how we can make the world of chemistry work to improve the efficiency and capacity of your business.
Posted on September 15, 2021
Source: XlynX Materials Inc.