[MSA-talk] Epoxy for min/glass mounts

John Shervais john.shervais at usu.edu
Fri Nov 24 16:12:34 EST 2017

Pilar et al,

Regarding the UV cure optical adhesive Norland 61: this is “military spec” adhesive, with RI about same as standard thin section epoxy. SInce it’s not mixed, bubbles are almost never a problem (you make lots of bubbles when mixing 2 part expoxies).

Another advantage is you only use what you need at the time: no mixing large batches and throwing much away. Since it is not thermal setting, you can heat to lower viscosity to improve impregnating.

Also, despite what it says on label, this can be stored for years in cool dark place with no apparent loss of function.

John Shervais

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On Nov 24, 2017, at 12:04, Pilar Madrigal <pilarmq at vt.edu<mailto:pilarmq at vt.edu>> wrote:

Thank you so much for all your input!

Kind regards!

On Thu, Nov 23, 2017 at 3:48 AM, Peter Laugesen <pl at pelcon.dk<mailto:pl at pelcon.dk>> wrote:
Hi Pilar,

We use a UV-glue hardening system that ensures perfect, bubble-free and very fast bonding.

Block-samples are:

•        [In case of weak samples: Pre-vacuum-impregnated with low viscosity (fluorescent) epoxy]

•        Ground

•        Vacuum-impregnated with low viscosity (fluorescent) epoxy, which is entered while the sample is in full vacuum, ensuring no bubbles and perfect bonding

•        Re-ground to a level 5 microns deeper in the sample which is now ‘epoxy-reinforced’

•        Polished

Thin sections are:

•        Treated as above

•        Glued to the object glass by UV-hardening glue

•        Ground

•        Polished (if needed)

You are welcome to contact me for further info on the materials we use.

Best regards / Med venlig hilsen
Peter Laugesen

Pelcon Materials & Testing ApS
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Emne: [MSA-talk] Epoxy for min/glass mounts

Hi there,

Has anyone had experience using the EpoxyMount system from Allied High Tech Products to make mineral or glass mounts for EMPA and/or LA-ICPMS analyses? (https://consumables.alliedhightech.com/EpoxyMount-p/epxymt.htm)

Does it work well under high temperatures? or does it have any drawbacks?  I have worked with the Buehler EpoxyCure resin before but have never heard of this other product until now and I am curious to hear some input.

Thank you!
Kind regards,

Pilar Madrigal Quesada, Ph.D.
Escuela Centroamericana de Geología
Universidad de Costa Rica
San Pedro de Montes de Oca, San José, Costa Rica
Tel. +506-2511-8132<tel:+506%202511%208132>

Pilar Madrigal Quesada

Department of Geosciences
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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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