The History of Adhesives

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How many ways are there to determine the history of adhesive?

It is likely safe to assume that the first adhesives discovered were of natural formation. Sticky things like tree-sap, honey and other naturally occurring sticky substances were probably “Og’s” First forms of glues and sealants. Maybe the first question to ask is “What is an Adhesive” The answer to that question in a general sense is anything that can cause two-things to adhere to each other in a physical manner. More specifically though the term is commonly only referencing liquids. Nails and velcro have an adhesive quality but are not considered adhesives in the common vernacular.

The science began with Nature.

The history of adhesives dates back of course to pre-history and in many many ways pre-humanity. Spiders certainly have it figured out and many creatures innately use properties of adhesion in their methods to hang, hunt, trap and secure things. In many ways it’s as simple as the first time someone fell asleep under a “sappy” tree, woke up with a bad case of mess in the hair but then recognized, this must be useful for something. And glue was born.

This of course doesn’t really address today’s sophisticated methods and types of adhesives. Between the hot-melt application methods and reactive chemistry, the bonds we at DelChem create are true cutting edge adhesive science. To learn more and receive engaging and useful sealant specific information and news each month please sign up for Delchem Sealant U. We will be sending seasonal and relevant learning information via email on a regular basis.

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Notes: Spider webs, other creatures using adhesion, early human interactions.