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MesoGlue Develops Metallic Glue
MIE Professor & Chair Hanchen Huang created the start-up company MesoGlue with two PhD students and designed a metallic glue that sets at room temperature. Global coverage in over 100 different news outlets (in 20 countries) including Techcrunch, Gizmag, Fortune, ExtremeTech, EurekAlert!, NanoTechNow, CrazyEngineers, Technabob, and Smithsonian.com.
- Examples of Global Coverage:
- Techcrunch: MesoGlue Is A Metallic Glue That Replaces Hot Solder
- Gizmag: ‘Metal glue’ could replace welding and soldering – in some applications
- Fortune: Is This the 21st Century’s Duct Tape?
- Extreme Tech: New metallic glue could replace welding and soldering
- EurekAlert!: Researchers’ metallic glue may stick it to soldering and welding
- Nanotechnology Now: Researchers' metallic glue may stick it to soldering and welding: Northeastern's Hanchen Huang and colleagues, experts in nanotechnology, have developed a glue that binds metal to metal to glass to you-name-it, sets at room temperature, and requires little pressure to seal
- Crazy Engineers: MesoGlue Replacing Hot Solder Could Improve Every Device With Circuit Boards
- Technabob: MesoGlue Room Temperature Metallic Glue: Universal Solder
- Smithsonian.com: This Powerful Metal Glue Sets at Room Temperature
- ScienceTimes: MesoGlue Set To Replace Soldering
- Motherboard: Will This Fancy Metallic Glue Kill Soldering?
- Gizmod.com: MesoGlue Hopes To Eliminate Electronics Soldering
- University Herald: MesoGlue: Researchers Develop New Way to Glue Metals Without the Heat
- Science World Report: New, Metallic Glue May be Better Than Soldering or Welding
- Science News: Researchers’ metallic glue may stick it to soldering and welding
- The Statesman: New glue may spell end for soldering, welding
- Business Standard: New glue may spell end for soldering, welding
- Science Daily: Researchers’ metallic glue may stick it to soldering and welding
- Before It’s News: MesoGlue Is A Metallic Glue That Replaces Hot Solder
- Teknohopper: MesoGlue Is A Metallic Glue That Replaces Hot Solder
- Celebs Newz: MesoGlue Is A Metallic Glue That Replaces Hot Solder
- TechnoMauri: MesoGlue Hopes to Eliminate Electronics Soldering
- Cool Things: MesoGlue Offers A Simpler And Easier Alternative To Soldering
- MINN Local News: MesoGlue Is A Metallic Glue That Replaces Scorching Solder
- Engineering Materials (England): The glue sticking it to soldering and welding
- Web India: Metallic glue that may replace soldering and welding
- Zee News (India): New glue may spell end for soldering, welding
- Omicrono (Spain): Este pegamento para metals sustituye las soldaduras
- Evertiq (Sweden): Has soldering met its match?
- Tu (Norway): Mesoglue er limet som kan eliminere sveising
- Computer Hoy (Spain): MesoGlue, el pegamento para metals que sustituye las soldaduras
- HWSW (Hungary): Fémalapú ragasztó váltja le a forrasztóónt?
- Apparata.NL (Netherlands): Met deze lijm soldeer je zonder warmte
- Vlasti.net (Ukraine): Ученые создали клей, способный заменить паяльник и сварочный аппарат
- Hi-News.ru (Russia): СОЗДАН КЛЕЙ, СПОСОБНЫЙ ЗАМЕНИТЬ ПАЯЛЬНИК И СВАРОЧНЫЙ АППАРАТ
- Tom’s Hardware (Italy): Una colla metallica per dire addio a saldature e brasature
- cnBeta.com (China): [视频]常温“金属胶水可在诸多应用中取代焊接和钎焊
- 財経新聞 (Japan): 半田ごて不要で電子部品を基板に電気・機械的に固定できる接着剤
“MesoGlue was founded by Huang and two of his PhD students: They had a dream of a better way of sticking things together.”
Those “things” are everything from a computer’s central processing unit and a printed circuit board to the glass and metal filament in a light bulb. The “way” of attaching them is, astonishingly, a glue made out of metal that sets at room temperature and requires very little pressure to seal. “It’s like welding or soldering but without the heat,” says Huang, who is professor and chair in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.
In a new paper, published in the January issue of Advanced Materials & Processes, Huang and colleagues, including Northeastern doctoral student Paul Elliott, describe their latest advances in the glue’s development. Our curiosity was piqued: Soldering with no heat? We asked Huang to elaborate.
On new developments in the composition of the metallic glue:
“Both ‘metal’ and ‘glue’ are familiar terms to most people, but their combination is new and made possible by unique properties of metallic nanorods—infinitesimally small rods with metal cores that we have coated with the element indium on one side and galium on the other. These coated rods are arranged along a substrate like angled teeth on a comb: There is a bottom ‘comb’ and a top ‘comb.’ We then interlace the ‘teeth.’ When indium and galium touch each other, they form a liquid. The metal core of the rods acts to turn that liquid into a solid. The resulting glue provides the strength and thermal/electrical conductance of a metal bond. We recently received a new provisional patent for this development through Northeastern University.”
On the special properties of the metallic glue:
“The standard polymer glue does not function at high temperatures or high pressures, but the metallic glue does. The standard glue is not a great conductor of heat and/or electricity, but the metallic glue is. Furthermore, the standard glue is not very resistant to air or gas leaks, but the metallic glue is.
“‘Hot’ processes like soldering and welding can result in metallic connections that are similar to those produced with the metallic glue, but they cost much more. In addition, the high temperature necessary for these processes has deleterious effects on neighboring components, such as junctions in semiconductor devices. Such effects can speed up failure and not only increase cost but also prove dangerous to users.”
What are some applications of the technology?
“The metallic glue has multiple applications, many of them in the electronics industry. As a heat conductor, it may replace the thermal grease currently being used, and as an electrical conductor, it may replace today’s solders. Particular products include solar cells, pipe fittings, and components for computers and mobile devices.”