Prof. Dr Andreas Hartwig
Chair, EURADH - Deputy Director and Head of the Department “Adhesives and Polymer Chemistry”
Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM)
Andreas Hartwig is polymer chemist and works since 1992 in the field of adhesives chemistry at Fraunhofer IFAM in Bremen, Germany. He is Deputy Director of Fraunhofer IFAM and Head of the Department “Adhesives and Polymer Chemistry”. In addition, he is Professor for polymer chemistry at University of Bremen. His research fields include the formulation of special adhesives, development of new concepts in adhesives chemistry, new raw materials, quick curing, renewable raw materials including utilization of carbon dioxide, debonding on demand and all aspects in the chemistry and technology of reactive polymers bringing ecology and economy together.
It´s all eco! Adhesives chemistry for improved economic and ecologic impact
Adhesives should fulfill many requirements beside just bonding. This includes economic aspects e.g. increased production rate of bonded parts. An important aspect is quick curing in combination with long shelf life. Especially for thermal curing within seconds the adhesive must be adopted in a way that the cured material has sufficient mechanical properties and the curing process must be controlled which is also related to adhesives chemistry. Ecologic aspects include the utilization of renewable raw materials and modified compounds based on natural feedstock. But also the integration of carbon dioxide is a potential way to improve the ecologic impact. In addition bonded products should be recyclable on a level as high as possible. This requires neglectable influence of adhesives remains on the recycling of the bonded materials and often also debonding on demand without reduction of product safety. These bullet points show that there are many challenges left for improved futures adhesives. In the presentation these aspects will be illustrated guided by examples already on the way.
Thursday, 15 September 2022, 14:30 - 15:00