Innovation in Textiles

XlynX Materials, based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, has created a new class of adhesives it is calling “molecular-glues”.

The new BondLynx-branded adhesives make it possible to permanently adhere difficult-to-bond polymers such as polyethylene and polypropylene to themselves, and to other materials, through exceptionally strong chemical bonds.

Conventional adhesives typically take advantage of mechanical forces to hold materials together. BondLynx employs bis-diazirine chemistry to create covalent chemical bonds between polymer chains, permanently crosslinking them together through strong carbon-carbon bonds.