Periodic graphics: The chemistry of glue | September 11, 2017 Issue - Vol. 95 Issue 36 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 95 Issue 36 | p. 25
Issue Date: September 11, 2017

Periodic graphics: The chemistry of glue

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning untangles the molecular components of various adhesives.
By Andy Brunning
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: Adhesives, glue, superglue, epoxy glue, PVA glue, glue sticks, glue guns, Elmer's

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References used to create this graphic:

The chemistry of superglue

Invitation to Organic Chemistry: Epoxy glues

How does epoxy work?

Adhesives, glues and sealants

Explain that stuff! Adhesives

A collaboration between C&EN and Andy Brunning, author of the popular graphics blog Compound Interest

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