What is Cyanoacrylate?

July 10 2019 Learn what is cyanoacrylate and is it relevant to your business.

A Cyanoacrylate adhesive is a fast acting adhesive with industrial, medical and household applications. It is an adhesive that is composed of various esters of cyanoacrylic acid. The acryl group in the resin, that cures rapidly in the presence of water to form long, strong chains. This curing occurs almost instantaneously creating a strong, solid bond.

The more commonly known Super Glue is a type of Cyanoacrylate. Read below for more information about the difference and use scenarios.

History of Cyanoacrylate

Cyanoacrylate was initially discovered in the US, during World War 2. However, as it was no use for the war effort it was put aside and forgotten about. In 1951, cyanoacrylate was rediscovered and the commercial potential was realised. Even after being realised, it still took a further seven years for cyanoacrylate to reach the commercial market. It was first sold as Eastman #910. The 9-10 stands for how long the original inventor believed it would take to set, 9 to 10 seconds. Since the 1960’s the range of Cyanoacrylates has developed widely, with specialist adhesive types for specific industries and applications.

What is the science behind Cyanoacrylate Adhesives & how do they work?

Cyanoacrylate is an acrylic resin, that cures almost instantaneously. Cyanoacrylate is triggered by hydroxol ions in water, and as almost all objects have traces of water on its surfaces, this enables the cyanoacrylate adhesive work exceptionally quickly.

Is this not just SuperGlue?

No, Cyanoacrylate is not super glue, but super glue is cyanoacrylate. Super Glue is a specific type of cyanoacrylate that has become widely recognised thanks to intensive marketing by a US adhesive manufacturer. These superglues are short shelf life adhesives, typically 12 months, but once opened only last around 4 weeks.

Not all Cyanoacrylates area equal

When purchasing a modern cyanoacrylate, it is important to remember that you are not limited to just super glue. Thanks to modern chemistry, there are many different types to choose from. These can include cyanoacrylates that are:

At Action Adhesives, our team of experts will work with your individual situation to ensure you find the correct adhesive to meet your needs. We understand that every business is different, so we source adhesives to match you scenario.

Is Cyanoacrylate suitable for my industry?

Cyanoacrylate can be found in use in a wide range of industries including:

Why not to select Cyanoacrylate?

While cyanoacrylate is suitable for a wide range of industries, there are a few scenarios where it may not be the most suitable product. These include conditions where:

  1. The bonding substrate may not be suitable
  2. Environment contains no moisture
  3. The adhesive contacts undesirable surfaces and forms a bond (e.g. skin)
  4. It has a short shelf-life

We recommend that you speak with one of our experts before purchasing to ensure you are receiving the most suitable adhesive for your individual scenario.

Seven Reasons to choose Cyanoacrylate Adhesives from Action Adhesives:

  1. Quick Curing Speed
  2. User Friendly
  3. Solvent Free and Non-Flammable
  4. Excellent Bond Strength that often exceeds the substrate material
  5. Excellent versatility and performance attributes for production environments.
  6. Affordable, Economical and gives excellent results
  7. Excellent for Joining dissimilar material at consistent optimum strength


At Action Adhesives, we have over 20 years supporting Irish businesses with their adhesives needs. Over this time, our team have gained in depth knowledge of the adhesives market, that will ensure you can be confident with the adhesive you will be receiving. Need to speak with one of our experts, email info@action-adhesives.ie


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