Structural adhesives are often used to replace conventional fasteners, providing equivelent or superior toughness, durability and load bearing capabilities, at lower cost and weight. In order to maximize their performance, brittle structural adhesives require the use of a toughener to improve properties required for such robust applications. Multiple toughening techologies are available to the formulator, all with distinct advantages and disadvantages.
- Understand the size and growth rates and drivers of structural adhesives
- Learn the fundamental concepts of how thermosets are toughened and the advantages/disadvantages of the different toughening technologies available
- Review some basic formulation guidelines for use of reactive liquid polymers in structural adhesives
- Gain an overview of different test criteria for determining improvements in toughness
Jim Swope, Chemquest; Jeremy Pasatta, CVC Thermoset Specialties
James E. (Jim) Swope, Senior Vice President - The ChemQuest Group, Inc.
Jim resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana and has 40 years of successful B2B formulated chemical experience, mostly in adhesives, sealants, and coatings. Mr. Swope brings a unique financial view to his work born from undergraduate training in accounting and his 19 years as President and owner of Crosslink Technologies, Inc., a niche supplier of reactive adhesive systems for assembly. Jim served as Sr. Vice President of Business Development at Dymax Corporation until 2012 after selling Crosslink Technologies to them in 2006. He has a B.A. in Accounting and Management from Augustana College in Illinois and 25+ years of executive leadership service.
Jeremy Pasatta, Senior R&D Chemist - CVC Thermoset Specialties
Jeremy Pasatta has been employed as a Senior R&D Chemist at CVC Thermoset Specialties for over 10 years, with 15 years of overall industrial research experience. In his current position, he is responsible for new product development, customer, marketing and manufacturing support. He specializes in toughening technologies for thermosets, including structural adhesives. Jeremy also has experience in polyurethanes with the development of CVC's hydroxyl terminated polybutadiene product line. Prior to joining CVC Thermoset Specialties, Jeremy was employed at Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester NY, as an R&D Chemist, and at Lexmark International, Lexington KY, as an Applied Research Engineer.
Jeremy is a current member of ACS and graduated with a BS in Polymer Chemistry from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2000. Jeremy has also completed extensive graduate level coursework in Polymer Science at the University of Akron.