A team of three Wacker Chemical Corporation employees were honored at the Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) Innovation Awards Ceremony for their contributions in advancing adhesion technology earlier this month.
The ASC Innovation Award recognizes innovation in adhesive and sealant product developments showing added value in the application or improvement of a chemical process over the last five years. Measuring the achievement based on five criteria, the nominee must prove the end-user value proposition.
The Wacker team finalists, awarded as the second runner up winners for their innovation in advancing adhesive technology, included:
- Principal chemist for Construction Sealants and Adhesives, Toby Vick (Michigan)
- Head of the Laboratory for Global Product Development, Dr. Volker Stanjek (Germany)
- Technical marketing Mmanager for Construction Sealants & Adhesives, Dr. Lars Zander (Germany)
WACKER has been producing silane-terminated polymers based on the alpha-silane technology under the brand name GENIOSIL STP-E since 2005 and has achieved considerable success with such products in recent years.
GENIOSIL XB 502 is silicone-reinforced, polyether-based silane-terminated polymer suitable as a binder in moisture-curing formulations. It’s a transparent, low-viscosity binder and the resultant adhesives display hardness in the high Shore D range when cured.
This polymer complements the GENIOSIL silane-terminated polymer product portfolio and can be readily mixed with these products at various ratios in order to tailor the properties to the respective application.
Stanjek, Vick, and Zander went a step further to develop binders that possess high-mechanical strength that cannot otherwise be achieved in a binder with either silicones or silane modified polymers. The alpha-silane based products have more to offer than great mechanical properties. Unlike many competitive products, they are also free of heavy metal catalysts.