Innovative design eliminates “forever chemicals” without compromising performance

VICTORIA, BC – XLYNX Materials, the pioneering company behind the world’s first commercial crosslinker capable of bonding non-functionalized polymers, is making headlines once again with the radical redesign of its flagship molecular adhesive, BondLynx.

The new surface treatment solution, known as BondLynx BXW-202, has been rebuilt from the ground up to eliminate fluorine from its chemical structure. The result is an adhesive that is safer for the environment, more stable for storage, and more efficient to produce.

Unlike traditional adhesives that rely on mechanical forces to hold materials together, BondLynx employs bis-diazirine technology to create covalent bonds between polymer chains, permanently crosslinking them through strong carbon-carbon bonding. Originally designed to bond “unbondable” low surface energy plastics like polypropylene and polyethylene, BondLynx has since found applications as a surface functionalizing agent, an additive in semiconductor fabrication, a performance textile strengthener, and a molecular stabilizer for perovskites, quantum dots and organic electronics.

Until now, fluorine was considered a critical component of bis-diazine crosslinking, but with the tide turning against the use of PFAS chemicals, the development of a suite of fluorine-free products was the company’s top priority.

“With all we now know about the persistence of PFAS chemicals in the environment, it was important for us to get ahead of the problem and be a part of the solution,” stated Director of Strategy, Sean Bourquin. “Our clients have been telling us the same thing. This issue is on everyone’s radar these days, so we knew we had to find a new formula for BondLynx.”

To accomplish this goal, the R&D team at XLYNX Materials went back to the drawing board to create a version of BondLynx that did not depend on fluorine.

“To be honest, we weren’t sure whether a fluorine-free crosslinker with the adhesive strength of the original BondLynx would be possible,” admitted Senior Research Chemist, Dr. Rashid Nazir. “It was uncharted territory, but being innovative is what our team has always done best.”

While he did not reveal details about the solution they designed, Dr. Nazir reported that test results for the new molecular adhesive have exceeded expectations. In comparative lap shear adhesion tests with conventional polyurethane, cyanoacrylate, and epoxy adhesives, BondLynx BXW-202 outperformed the competition in every category, including:

  • 70% to 124% stronger adhesion for polypropylene (PP)
  • 84% to 316% stronger adhesion for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) rubber
  • 100% to 200+% stronger adhesion for high density polyethylene (HDPE)

“It’s exciting to see how well it’s performing,” Sean Bourquin commented. “To be able to eliminate PFAS chemicals, add stability, and drive down costs, all without compromising the quality of BondLynx adhesion, is a remarkable achievement that we can all be proud of.”

XLYNX Materials is now capitalizing on its innovative platform technology to design a suite of PFAS-free crosslinkers for specific substrates and client applications. The company encourages new and existing clients to reach out for information on how BondLynx BXW-202 can address their manufacturing needs, unlock new opportunities, and support their move towards a more sustainable future.

XLYNX Materials Inc.

XLYNX Materials is an innovative chemtech company located in Victoria, BC, Canada, specializing in surface treatment solutions that transform the properties of low surface energy materials. The company is a global leader in the field of materials-based diazirine crosslinking and works with industry leaders and innovative researchers from around the world to address long-standing challenges in a broad range of manufacturing applications. XLYNX’s diazirine crosslinking technology has been featured in numerous peer-reviewed academic journals, including Science, and the company was recently awarded a 2023 Innovation Award by the Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC), joining past winners that include DuPont, Dow, PPG, and Avery Dennison.

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