Sunday, March 20, 2011

Asia's Most Active Undercoats

What do priming a tooth and etching metal have in common?

Adhesion is an important property in materials science, as well as medicine. Dental crowns, for example, tend to eventually fall out. After much research, a Japanese team patented a method to self-etch or prime a tooth preparing the tooth for bonding to metal, resin or an orthodontic bracket (U.S. patent 7614879). For more details, see my article, "Asia's Most Active Undercoats" in the February/March 2011, issue of APCJ: Asia Pacific Coatings Journal, pp. 31-32.