Beyond Benign


Properties of Adhesives: A Sticky Situation Overview

This unit investigates the properties of adhesives—from strength to environmental impact—through the lenses of green chemistry and biomimicry (the art of taking inspiration from nature in the design of new technologies). Together, these two fields support development of sustainable technologies to help meet the needs of the current population without impacting our ability to provide for the next generation. Throughout the unit, students will explore how nature can provide ideas to scientists and engineers, consider the properties of adhesives, and make their own “greener” glues.

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