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ERC Newsletter - February 2020
Epoxy resins' role in mapping the fruit fly brain, sustainable construction, security robots and more!
Composite polymers – the key to a sustainable construction sector
In 2019, the EU and the world witnessed the green movement gather momentum, resulting in the environmental agenda becoming a global priority. It is the composite industry, including epoxy producers, that are investing in creating environmentally-friendly economic solutions to construction problems like excessive energy use and high maintenance costs.
Epoxy composite robots to patrol car parks in 2020
Image by: Forschungszentrum InformatikIn 2019, there are robots to make your calls and your bed, do the vacuuming, mow your lawn and most importantly grill your bratwurst. While we wait for servi...
ERC Newsletter October 2019
A Little Goes A Long Way: Epoxy Resins’ Enabling Role in E-mobility
At the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first universal and legally binding global climate agreement.
Epoxy resins: Spinning our world
As we become more environmentally conscious, so does our technology and energy generation. Epoxy resins have been a great ally in lowering emissions and boosting the wind energy sector. The epoxy industry is strongly committed to continue working to help bring new products and innovative solutions to keep the world turning – and our windmills spinning.
ERC Newsletter July 2019
Unusual epoxy applications to unleash your creativity
You probably remember this from your school chemistry lessons: “chemical substances exist as solids, liquids, gases or plasma.” Teachers also made us memorise the periodic table of elements, t...
Epoxy is helping the world go green
Epoxies’ high insulation properties ensure the stable and safe transmission and distribution of electricity. But, perhaps lesser known is the important role that epoxy resins now play in supporting the transition to an even smarter grid and a greener generation of electricity.
Epoxy has the power: electrical components & insulators
Epoxy resins have been used in power engineering for more than six decades and they still provide the best performance for electrical components. Their high-performance insulation properties are ideal for components found in switchgear, disconnectors, bus-ducts, rolling stocks, generators and drives, especially in more demanding high-voltage and outdoor application requiring mechanical toughness and weather resistance.
Epoxies + coffee waste = new flame-retardant material
Singapore ranks as number 36 in the top 50 countries with the highest coffee consumption in the world, with 2.1kg per capita. It is also renowned for its scientific research and development, so it...
ERC Newsletter April 2019
Epoxy coatings in food cans: Preserving life for long
Canned food has become a staple in our kitchens, hospitals, schools and supermarkets. However, as it often happens with everyday items, the many benefits they bring us daily can go overlooked. From easy transportation and storage to a significant reduction of food waste, cans are one of the greatest ways to make sure that food can be consumed at its best for a long, long time.
Epoxies team up with graphene and carbon to create new compound
We have seen epoxies lowering the CO2 emissions from aircrafts and protecting water pipes from rust. We have seen them evolve and also save lives. We know they make our cities more beautiful and m...
ERC Newsletter November 2018
Water pipes & epoxy: preserving our source of life
From the Bronze Age onwards, the development of urban civilizations has relied to a great extent on hydraulic systems. A high level of sophistication in water management technologies was already reached by Indus and Mesopotamians, followed by Greeks and Romans. Today we admire the ancient Roman aqueducts still standing in Europe and Northern Africa – but importantly, we can also draw inspiration from their engineering prowess.
New epoxy hits underwater renovations
The novel material can be hardened under water Epoxies can make our cars last longer, our smartphones perform better and our water pipes stay healthy. The benefits of epoxy resins are countless...
Epoxy can save lives – even before we are born
Surgical interventions, such as removing a tumour or correcting a spine, are always tricky procedures. In some cases, they happen before we are born. What seemed impossible a few years back is now...
Solid as a rock: epoxy-based chemical anchors in construction
Since the early days of mankind, we have managed to put our tools and ideas at the service of our living and working environment demands. Building the world we know today has taken years of dedication and constant evolution. In our efforts we have tried out lots of different materials and all possible ways to make sure they stay together, until we discovered epoxy chemical anchors.
ERC Newsletter July 2018
Smooth sailing with epoxies
Sailing has been one of the most widely used forms of transportation throughout human history. Today, are still a major driving force behind our global economy, and epoxies help protect them across the seven seas.
Epoxies walking on sunshine
Anyone asked to think of a sunny place probably would not put Scotland at the top of their list. That might be why Scots try to make the most of the little sunshine they have, especially when it c...
Ready, steady, go! Epoxy resins keep you in shape
Exercising is good for your body and mind but it can also be very tiring and challenging, especially if you are not using the right equipment. Epoxy resins have proven to be a supportive ally for staying fit and healthy, whether you’re playing tennis, whizzing down the ski slopes or dribbling the ball with your hockey stick.
Epoxies in jewellery: a hidden gem
We often talk about epoxies in industrial, life-changing and innovative applications, but these resins can have other, more delicate uses. Their well-known versatility allows them to be used in di...
ERC Newsletter April 2018
Epoxy powder coatings: why so popular?
Tired of mediocre coatings, constructors started to seek ways of having a new type of resin that could be used in solvent borne and powder coatings. The efforts paid off and solid epoxy resins, both with middle and high molecular weight, were born.
Epoxies in prosthetics: helping athletes reach the finish line
We can all picture a super-hero with a cape flying over town to save someone’s life. These are movie and comic heroes, but what do they look like in real life? Some of them are indeed saving liv...
ERC Newsletter December 2017 (English)
Epoxy adhesives, the bonding material
Epoxies can go a long way! Especially epoxy-based adhesives: a small amount can glue materials as different as wood, metal, plastic, rubber, glass, ceramic or stone. And if it wasn’t for adhesives, how could we start building large infrastructures?
Epoxies to the rescue: giving animals a second chance
We’ve all been there. We are walking around the woods contemplating the trees, when all of a sudden… crack! Sometimes it’s just a stick but it can be an unfortunate animal we have accidently...
Insect eyes inspire a new solar panel generation
Arthropod eye Insect eyes have something hypnotical. Their strange, intricate shapes and unusual large size, so different to other species, have kept entomologists busy explaining what makes the...
It was 1947 when Howard Hughes, the US visionary aviator and aircraft designer, used epoxies for the first time in the construction of his airlift flying boat “Spruce Goose”. Since then, epoxies and aircraft design have been inseparable.
ERC Newsletter October 2017 (English)
Epoxy brings a second life to critical infrastructures
Buildings, roads, bridges, tunnels… They surround us, exposed to all sorts of weather conditions and quite often lasting decades, even centuries. Those in charge of their maintenance face some m...
Don’t slip, there’s grip!
A good floor coating should prevent you from slipping and sliding, but in some floors you want more than that. Epoxy flooring systems can be tailored to each application in terms of resistance, colour or ease to apply.
Epoxy, the new invisibility cloak
We all like to visit beautiful buildings and appreciate their ornamental façades without visual interruptions. But we also acknowledge the benefits of solar panels which, although unsightly, can...
Epoxy resins hitting the road
There are many things to consider when buying a new car, and its resiliance and lifespan are indeed important ones. Epoxies have proved to be an excellent coating for your car, protecting it against bad weather conditions and the passing of time.
Epoxy resurrects colossi in Egypt
Time has no mercy, and what used to be a gigantic glorious sculpture can be reduced to ruins today. This, however, does not mean there is no hope for the avid historian who wishes to enjoy archeol...
Arts & crafts: the final Touch
Epoxies are found in a variety of applications, but there is a group on which they are especially discreet: the world of arts and crafts. Without drawing too much attention, these resins are increasingly popular among artists and craftsmen. Find out why!
ERC Newsletter July 2017 (English)
ERC Newsletter April 2017 (English)
Who invented epoxies and why?
Originally used for dental fixtures, epoxies were created in the 1930s by two scientists, Dr. Pierre Castan in Switzerland and Dr. Sylvan Greenlee in the United States. The first epoxies were amber-co...
What do they look like?
Epoxy resins can come either as low-molecular honey-like liquids or as high-molecular solid, crystalline substances. Following an increase in temperature or when heat is applied, solid epoxy resin...
What are the properties of epoxies?
Cured epoxy resins have a number of different properties. They are a very stable and durable material, suitable to build machines and structures with a long lifespan. Epoxies have also good mechanical...
What are epoxy resins?
Epoxy resins are a class of pre-polymers and polymers containing more than one epoxide group. Through a chemical reaction called curing, epoxy resins are processed with other chemicals to produce e...
How are they produced?
Epoxies are produced by cross-linking an epoxy resin together with another chemical called ‘hardener’, or reacting the epoxy resin by itself through catalytic homo-polymerisation. The most commo...
How are epoxies used?
Epoxies are used in a number of applications. Their largest applications are found in the construction sector, where thanks to their hardness, strength and durability they are used to coat and protect...
Are epoxies safe?
Cured epoxy resins do not pose any risk to human health when handled in a professional manner and following the necessary safety measures. When sold in small quantities as two-component systems, comp...
Factsheet: Summary Paper - Assessment of Potential BPA Emissions in Key Applications
Document summarising the results of the assessment covering five key application sectors of epoxy resins in Europe.
Factsheet: Epoxy in Marine Coatings – Assessment of Potential BPA Emissions
Research on the potential emissions of Bisphenol A (BPA) from manufacturing, using and dismissing epoxy resins in marine coatings.
Factsheet: Epoxy in Automotive - Assessment of Potential BPA Emissions
Research on the potential emissions of Bisphenol A (BPA) from manufacturing, using and dismissing epoxy resins in automotive coatings.
Epoxy in Wind Energy Applications: Assessment of Potential BPA Emissions
Research on the potential emissions of Bisphenol A (BPA) from manufacturing, using and dismissing epoxy resins in wind energy applications.
Epoxy in Water Pipes: Assessment of Potential BPA Emissions
Research on the potential emissions of Bisphenol A (BPA) from manufacturing, using and dismissing epoxy resins in water pipes.
Epoxy in Flooring: Assessment of Potential BPA Emissions
Research on the potential emissions of Bisphenol A (BPA) from manufacturing, using and dismissing epoxy resins in flooring.
Factsheet: Epoxies in Paint and Coatings
The applications making use of epoxies enhanced coatings and paints are very diverse. The most common are construction (including flooring), the maritime industry, sewage treatment as well as home appliances.
Factsheet: Epoxies in Electronics
IT & electronics are a sector where the number of applications of epoxy resins has been increasing sharply in the past few years.
Factsheet: Epoxies in Drinking Water Applications
Thanks to their durability, processing flexibility, resistance to chlorine, microbes and other threats, epoxy resins represent a viable alternative for delivering drinking water.
Factsheet: Epoxies in Automotive
Epoxy resins are widely used in the automotive industry as protective coatings, preserving vehicles and extending their average lifespan.
Factsheet: Epoxies in Sports
Epoxies play a key role in improving the performance of sports and leisure equipment for both amateurs and professionals.
Factsheet: Epoxies in Food Packaging
Epoxy-based resins are key to food and beverage containers’ long shelf life.
Factsheet: Epoxies in Flooring
Flooring is one of the most important applications for epoxies, accounting for 30% of all epoxies sold in Europe in the construction and coating sector.
Factsheet: Epoxies in Energy
Epoxy resins are used both as composites and coatings in the production, transformation and distribution of various types of renewable and non-renewable energy.