Reducing a health hazard in homes, schools and offices

Dr Ji and Dr Roy analysing the properties of bioglue

Dr Ji and Dr Roy analysing the properties of bioglue

Consumers may soon be less prone to health hazards and pollution if an eco-friendly adhesive is used instead of the current conventional glue, in the construction of building interiors and furniture.Through research that began in 2007, Drs Ji Liang Hui and Jegan Roy at the Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, have successfully converted a non-edible agricultural by-product, together with material processed from microalgae, into a bio-based glue, which can be used for the production of eco-friendly and safe plywood and medium-density fibreboard.

More importantly, the new bioglue also helps eliminate potential health hazards that occur in situations where conventional glue is being used, such as homes, schools and offices. It does not contain formaldehyde, an identified human carcinogen associated with health hazards such as cancer and the irritation of the eyes, nose and throat- a phenomenon known as the “Sick Building Syndrome”.

And because the key ingredient of this bioglue is an agricultural by-product, it does not compete with food as the key ingredient is not derived from a food source. Commercialization of the new bioglue is now being explored with industry partners.