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Introduction to a new silicone adhesive desgined for wearables technologies
Keywords: wearables, adhesive, biocompatibility
Wearables for accessing the web (e.g., glasses and watches) have been slow to infiltrate the market; however, those used to monitor real-time biometric activity (e.g., thermometers, glucose meters) have found feverish interest by both consumers and insurance companies. Therefore, the wearables market is expected to grow from 20 billion in 2015 to an approximate 135 billion in 2019. These new applications require adhesives that are biocompatible, durable and flexible. These material attributes are commonly considered agnostic properties and; therefore, require special design consideration in order to optimize all attributes simultaneously. In this report, it was demonstrated that EPM2-2412, a new silicone adhesive from NuSil, outperformed other commercially available adhesives by more than two order-of-magnitudes, as measured by peel strength. These mechanical properties, as well as the inherent biocompatibility and chemical durability of silicone, make possible enhanced designs in wearables technology.
Michelle Poliskie,
Carpinteria, California

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