Every two years, the European Adhesive Tape Association AFERA hosts the popular Tape College to bring together experienced experts and juniors from the adhesive industry for a three-day technical learning event. In 2019, Brussels served as backdrop for the event from April 8-10, where field experts educated newcomers to the tape industry on the principles involved in the selection, manufacture, conversion, application and testing of adhesive tapes.
Dr. Katja Greiner was invited to detail the fundamental emulsion polymerisation, and how the adhesive performance can be influenced by the right choice of monomers, emulsifiers, functional comonomers as well as formulation into a coater ready adhesive using wetting agents, defoamers and crosslinkers. With the help of several benchmarks, Katja illustrated the impact of these variables on the final performance of the adhesive, and also provided an outlook on water-based technology for high-performance, speciality contexts.
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