Product Application Specialist
Koos Siera earned his PhD at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, and the University of Tokyo, Japan, in the field of heterogeneous catalysis. During his PhD he studied the surface structure of Pt-Rh single crystal surfaces. Later he specialised in the field of analytical chemistry and product development. As a product development specialist, he has worked in the field of photography and lithography. Currently he is working as a Product Development and Application Specialist for Eastman Chemical, specifically in the field of hydrocarbon resins.
The development of low odour hydrocarbon resins
Hot melt adhesives (HMA) are used in the hygiene industry as glue for nonwoven materials such as diapers. A significant share of the adhesive market in this segment is captured by HMAs based on styrene block copolymers (SBCs); the tackifiers used for HMAs based on SBCs are mostly hydrocarbon resins.
Hydrocarbon resins with low odour are an unmet need, while the odour of HMAs and the connection of odour to harmful chemicals has attracted negative attention around product safety. These concerns translate to pressure on marketers, formulators, and raw materials suppliers to work together to reduce odour, VOCs, and trace chemicals.
During processing of these resins, breakdown products may lead to the formation of odorous chemicals. Eastman has developed a technology that makes it possible to manufacture hydrocarbon resins with low odour and low amounts of trace chemicals. Chemical components such as aldehydes, alcohols, ketones, aliphatic hydrocarbons, and aromatic hydrocarbons are significantly reduced from the pure resin, and from the resin after aging for times applicable in the holt melt industry. Odour testing confirmed these results in a resin with a significantly improved odour profile. The samples developed with this technology also resulted in very low levels of trace chemicals and volatiles.
Friday, 13 September 2019, 10:00 - 10:30