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Melamine resin (MF)

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Melamine resin (MF)

Melamine resin (MF)

Polymer Type: Thermoset

Key Properties

  • High mechanical strength and hardness
  • Excellent chemical resistance
  • Good fire and heat resistance
  • High electrical insulating properties
  • Good dimensional stability


  • Laminates and decorative surfaces
  • Adhesives
  • Electrical components
  • Molding compounds
  • Coating resins

Additional Information

Melamine resin (MF), also known as melamine-formaldehyde resin, is a thermosetting polymer. It is formed by the reaction of melamine with formaldehyde under acidic conditions. The resulting polymer is cross-linked, meaning the individual polymer chains are linked together into a three-dimensional network, making it infusible and insoluble.

MF resins are valuable in various industrial applications. Their high mechanical strength and hardness make them ideal for laminates and countertops, while their excellent chemical resistance allows them to withstand harsh environments. Their good fire and heat resistance make them suitable for electrical components and high-temperature applications. Additionally, their wide range of color and finish options allows for diverse design possibilities.

However, MF resins also have some drawbacks. They can be brittle and susceptible to cracking, and they release formaldehyde during the curing process, which can be a health concern. Additionally, they are not as UV-resistant as some other thermosets.

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