Formaldehyde-Free Binding Systems for Wood-Based Composites

 

Introduction

 

Formaldehyde is a widely used industrial chemical that is also a suspected carcinogen. Worker and end-user exposure to formaldehyde is heavily regulated by at the state and federal level by agencies including HUD, EPA, and NIOSH.

 

Particleboard (PB) and medium-density fiberboard (MDF) are two composite wood products that are traditionally made using formaldehyde-based adhesives. Formaldehyde vapor tends to escape during composite manufacturing and is also out-gassed to some extent from the finished products.

 

Description of Technology

 

Michigan State University’s invention is a method for preparing an adhesive system for composite wood products that is formaldehyde free. It uses a polyolefin modified with maleic anhydride to bind together wood particles into extruded boards. The technology offers a route to eliminating formaldehyde from the production process, which would improve air quality at the production sites, in the surrounding environment, and at the end-user location.

 

Key Benefits

  • This adhesive was shown to produce samples with comparable mechanical properties to commercially available PB and MDF produced using formaldehyde adhesives.
  • The demand for environmentally friendly products continues to grow, as consumers become increasingly aware of health risks posed by traditional products.

 

Applications

 

The invention can be used to produce formaldehyde-free composite wood products, such as particleboard and fiberboard.

 

Patent Status

 

U.S. patent 7,605,197

 

Inventors

 

Laurent Matuana, Katana Carlborn

 

Tech ID

 

TEC2004-0100

 

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For Information, Contact:

Thomas Herlache
Assistant Director
Michigan State University
herlache@msu.edu