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Forest Products Laboratory
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
Phone: (608) 231-9200
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Soy adhesives resolve two problems at once

Wood products made with soy adhesives, except for the bottom product which was made with a casein adhesive. From top to bottom: decorative plywood, hardboard, medium density fiberboard, particleboard, oriented strandboard, engineered wood flooring, and glulam.
Wood products made with soy adhesives, except for the bottom product which was made with a casein adhesive. From top to bottom: decorative plywood, hardboard, medium density fiberboard, particleboard, oriented strandboard, engineered wood flooring, and glulam.
Snapshot: Lower formaldehyde emission bonded wood products can be made using plant-based adhesives through an industry-government partnership.
Summary:

As part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service researchers at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) have a natural inclination to promote biobased adhesives that increase the markets for soy flour benefiting the agriculture industry. In addition to FPL fundamental soy research that has been funded in the past by United Soybean Board, researchers have had a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Solenis, the leading soy-adhesive company in providing Soyad TM soy adhesives to the wood products industry. Soyad TM adhesives are no-added formaldehyde products which help wood products producers meet the lowered limits on formaldehyde emissions required by federal law. With Solenis researchers working at the FPL, the fundamentals of soy have been converted into commercially important products. In the last year, Solenis has introduced two new products, Soyad TM Plus, an effective wood adhesive for plywood, and Soyad TM Easy Rout that improves the routering of medium density fiberboard made with isocyanate adhesives. This cooperation has led to a win for the wood products industry, a win for the agriculture industry, a win for Solenis, and a win for the FPL.
Princpal Investigator(s):
 Frihart, Charles R.


Research Location:
  • Forest Products Laboratory


External Partners:
  • Solenis United Soybean Board

Fiscal Year: 2017
Highlight ID: 1269
 
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