Product Application Specialist
Koos Siera has 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 specialized 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 odor 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 HMA’s based on styrene block copolymers (SBC’s); the tackifiers used for HMA’s based on SBC’s are mostly hydrocarbon resins.
Hydrocarbon resins with low odor are an unmet need, while the odor of HMAs and the connection of odor 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 odor, VOC, and trace chemicals.
During processing of these resins, breakdown products may lead to the formation of odorous chemicals. Eastman has developed a technology making it possible to manufacture hydrocarbon resins with low odor and low amounts of trace chemicals. Chemical components like 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. Odor testing confirmed these results in a resin with a significantly improved odor 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