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Faculty Recognition

National Award Given to Cal Poly-Developed Product

D-Glue earned the second runner-up 2024 Innovation Awards honor.

An eco-friendly glue product created by a Cal Poly chemistry team in partnership with an East Coast company recently earned a prestigious innovation award from a national industry council.

D-Glue — a debondable adhesive glue created by Cal Poly Chemistry Professor Phil Costanzo in partnership with the Massachusetts-based company Geisys Ventures, with involvement from Cal Poly students — earned the second runner-up 2024 Innovation Awards honor presented by the Adhesives and Sealants Council (ASC) in Louisville, Ky.

The council's innovation awards are given to those who significantly impact chemistries “that contribute to downstream industries’ unmet needs and advancements in technology.”

D-Glue, which is now a patented, commercial product, is able to be broken down more easily than many glue products. It can can be used in industries including electronics, apparel, automotive and solar, making it far more convenient and cost-effective to repair, reuse and recycle manufactured products.

“To be recognized by industry is a major accomplishment,” Costanzo said. “To launch this idea from the benchtop to a position to now enter the real word is both exciting and helps validate our process. We're helping to solve actual problems with practical, applicable solutions.”