Soybean-Based Adhesive Resins and Composite Products Utilizing Such Adhesives

Monlin Kuo, Iowa State University
Deland J. Myers, Iowa State University
Howard Heemstra, Iowa State University
Daniel O. Adams, Iowa State University
Douglas D. Stokke, Iowa State University

Abstract

The present invention relates to a soybean-based adhesive resin including a soybean flour and a cross-linking agent. The cross-linking agent is reacted with the functional groups in the soybean flour to form an adhesive resin. The present invention also relates to a method of making a soybeanbased adhesive resin. This method involves providing an aqueous solution of soybean flour and adding a cross-linking agent to the solution under conditions effective to cross-link the soybean flour so that an adhesive resin is formed. Also disclosed is a composite product which includes particulate plant material and the soybean-based adhesive resin. The adhesive is prepared by reacting the cross-linking agent with the functional groups in the soybean flour. The present invention also relates to a method of making a composite product by providing particulate plant material and applying the soybean-based adhesive resin to the particulate plant material.