Christian Lenges


DuPont BioMaterials

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Presentation Abstract

Engineered polysaccharides: alpha-1,3- glucan polymer as a performance enhancing additive for latex adhesives

Polysaccharides are important biopolymers with a wide range of industrial and consumer product applications. Historically, polysaccharides such as starch and starch derivatives have been utilized in material science for a range of adhesive applications.

DuPont Industrial Biosciences has developed a family of engineered polysaccharides through the selective polymerization of sucrose to provide materials ranging in molecular weights, solubility, and polymer architecture and particle morphology. The underlying enzymatic polymerization process offers the opportunity to design the polymer structure and the material properties of these new biomaterials.   

One specific example, the linear alpha-1,3-polyglucose has been assessed for applications in adhesive applications. 

This work will focus on the incorporation of alpha-1,3-polyglucose as a performance enhancing additive in polyvinyl alcohol stabilized polyvinyl acetate copolymer latexes. The glucan polymer was incorporated as a dry powder and the adhesive solids adjusted for comparative purposes. Adhesive performance was measured using ASTM Standard Method D-905 on Hard Maple (Acer saccharum) and ASTM D-906 on yellow poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) plywood veneer.  Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy reveal unique molecular interactions between the alpha-1,3-polyglucose and the latex polymers to provide significant improvements in adhesive strength and wood failure performance.


Co-authors: Kyle Kim, Joseph J. Marcinko

Presentation Time

Breakout III: Improving adhesion performance

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 14:30 - 15:00

FEICA Conference