As one of the most adaptable high-performance polymers in the world, epoxies are vital parts of countless objects we use on a daily basis. But did you know about their role in helping cyclists make acrobatic jumps? Or in allowing vets to save the lives of tiny animals? Discover 5 surprising facts about epoxy resins:
The origin of epoxies’ origins: surpassing expectations
Back in 1936, in Switzerland, Dr. Pierre Castan succeeded in synthesising the first epoxy polymer. His goal was to find a binding agent for coatings that was resistant to caustic base, but it soon became clear that epoxy had a lot more beneficial properties. Over the years, epoxy’s use expanded to many sectors, from pharmaceutics to aerospace industries.
Pushing the EU Green Deal forward
Mobility, construction, and renewable energy are key sectors targeted by the European Commission to make Europe climate neutral by 2050. Epoxies play an important role in enabling smart and electric vehicles, energy efficient buildings and powerful wind turbines.
Helping cyclists, yachtsmen or pole vault jumpers break world records
Epoxy composite bikes are among the lightest ones on the market. Epoxies also allow poles to have the stiffness needed for the highest jumps, and their exceptional adhesive qualities make them the most popular choice for repairing fiberglass boats.
Joining the broken pieces of Ancient Egypt colossi
Epoxy resins are becoming crucial in restoration projects of old sculptures, façades, and monuments. Epoxies glue together the 120 pieces of a standing colossus representing the Pharaoh Seti II (1200 – 1194 BC) and the pieces of a Ramses II statue in the complex of Amenhotep III, on the west bank of Luxor.
Healing injured animals
Imaginative professionals can find innovative ways to save animals’ lives – sometimes using epoxy resins. In the Haclinica veterinary hospital, in Tel Aviv, veterinaries saved the life of Chevy, a snail, fixing its broken shield with epoxy glue.