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Melamine Resin

 

 

Melamine Resin

By combining formaldehyde and melamine by polymerization, a very durable, hard thermosetting plastic is created called melamine resin or melamine formaldehyde (also shortened to melamine). Melamine was first synthesized by the German chemist Justus von Liebig in 1834. Melamine resin, however, was discovered by William F. Talbot, a research chemist and the founding director of SRI International (Stanford Research Institute International), melamine resin has been ubiquitous since the 1950's. It appears as dinnerware, kitchen utensils, lamps, office organizers, dry erase 'white' boards, laminate flooring, tiles, toothbrush handles, and decorative accessories.

Objects made with melamine resin are extraordinarily durable. It has a superb capacity for rendering and retaining color. Like all thermosetting materials, melamine resin can't be melted nor recycled through melting. Melamine resin makes a great hot plate trivet and a safe ashtray. The 'wipe clean' surface is prone to surface scratching and staining with time and casual use, but this hasn't stopped modern designers from continuously reintroducing it as a non-breakable ceramic alternative. Italian designers use it to reproduce ceramics as melamine dinnerware, adapting classic, highly complex, colorful patterns, such as those from Deruta.

Melamine resin is the main constituent of high-pressure laminates, such as Arborite and Formica (a brand of composite materials manufactured by the Formica Corporation). There are many types of melamine resin surface coatings, with a wide range of curing times.

Melamine Resin Idealized Chemical Structure

 

Melamine Resin Idealized Chemical Structure


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