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The Science of Adhesion

Learn more about making adhesives and tapes work in your designs from the experts at 3M.

On one level, adhesion is simple – everyone has taped or glued things together. But understanding why adhesives stick, choosing the right adhesives and making them work better in your design is a more complicated story, one that involves science, engineering and design.

The education series below is designed to provide much more than a definition of adhesive science, but rather a better understanding of the science of adhesion. Whether you want to review everything in order or just pick and choose the topics you need, we hope you’ll find this material to be useful and informative.

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Fundamentals of Adhesion

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Surface Science

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Adhesive Joint Design

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Adhesive Chemistry

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