Thermal Management Using Creative Materials

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Creative Materials has developed a product that is customized for thermal management applications—109-12, Thermally Conductive Low-Stress Epoxy.  Formulated for use in the manufacture of computer components and LEDs, this product is a highly effective thermal adhesive to interface between a heat-producing component and a heat-sink.

Modern electronics’ design increasingly depends on components that generate significant amounts of heat—CPUs, power diodes, power transistors are some examples. In addition, the ongoing trend toward product miniaturization requires that efficient thermal management is an essential part of modern and future electronics’ design.  Heat must be removed quickly and efficiently in order to prevent premature component failure and extend the life of the component.

The rapidly expanding industry of light emitting diodes (LEDs) provides a good example of effective heat management. LEDs are replacing more traditional lighting methods (fluorescent and incandescent) in applications such as LCD TV backlights, electronic signs and displays, as well as new areas such as daylight automobile headlights. The heat generated by LEDs must be removed to ensure optimal performance.

Creative Materials’ Thermal Management Products:  109-12, 108-50, 111-17, 125-31C:
The properties of 109-12 are ideal for most thermal management applications.  This product has low viscosity, which reduces the amount of air entrapment introduced in the component interface during application.  This property also allows a minimal amount of the product to be applied, keeping thermal resistance as low as possible.  A one-component product, 109-12 is easy to use and exhibits minimal shrinkage during curing.  A low-stress epoxy, 109-12 features exceptional resistance to thermal-cycling.

Other products in the same family are 108-50 and 111-17, both medium-viscosity products.  A new addition to this family is 125-31C, Syringe-Dispensable Thermally Conductive Epoxy Adhesive.  This is a flexible, precatalyzed, 100-percent solids, electrically insulating product, featuring chemical resistance and high-temperature properties.  These products all exhibit similar performance characteristics to 109-12.  Applications include die attachment, printed circuit board fabrication, advanced material composites, LED attachment, and heat-sink bonding.  Please visit our web site for further information:

Creative Materials, Inc., is a leading manufacturer of electrically conductive inks, coatings, and adhesives. Products from Creative Materials are used in electronic components for computers, keyboards, cell phones, solar collectors, automobiles and aircraft, for medical electrodes, medical instruments, and heating equipment. Creative Materials is ISO 9001 certified, with an extensive product line that includes more than 1,000 products. The company is renowned for creating custom formulations that are used in a wide variety of global applications, providing cost-effective design solutions for demanding production requirements.  With over 80 years of experience in the adhesives, ink and coating industry, our staff combines technical expertise with nimble production capabilities, enabling us to reduce time-to-market for new product applications.

Our products are manufactured to order, with typical lead times of two or more weeks.  Pricing is available upon request.

For more information about these and other products, please visit our website at, or contact us at


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