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Electrically conductive adhesives

Acrylate, Epoxy & Silicone adhesives

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Electrically Conductive Adhesives

Electrically Conductive Adhesives (ECAs) have been used for high-reliability applications such as automotive, medical and telecom products, but we also offer Electrically conductive adhesives that are non-noble metal compatible, which are ideal for handheld consumer devices. ECAs are lead-free solder alternatives for active and passive component attachment.

Henkel’s electrically conductive LOCTITE® adhesives offer strong component and PCB interconnections for on-demand, long-term, and reliable performance. A broad portfolio of ECAs in paste mediums are formulated using a variety of base chemistries including acrylate, epoxy and silicone platforms, designed to provide manufacturers with choice and flexibility for varying application requirements.

ECAs are designed to provide reliable interconnects and to be used for applications that require very fast cure at low temperatures. Most adhesives are multipurpose and can potentially be used as Encapsulants, die attach or even Underfills.

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  • Loctite Ablestik CA 3556HF
    Catalog Product

    LOCTITE ABLESTIK CA 3556HF

    • Fast cure
    • Noble metal surfaces
    • Low contact resistance
    • In stock
  • LOCTITE ABLESTIK 3888
    Catalog Product

    LOCTITE ABLESTIK 3888

    • Repair kit
    • Two component silver epoxy
    • Repair/Rework interconnections
    • 8 - 12 weeks
  • LOCTITE ABLESTIK 2902
    Catalog Product

    LOCTITE ABLESTIK 2902

    • Electrically conductive
    • Thermally conductive
    • Ceramic, metal, glass and plastic substrates
    • 8 - 12 weeks
  • Catalog Product

    LOCTITE ABLESTIK 3880

    • One component
    • Thermally and Electrically conductive
    • SMD bonding
    • 8 - 12 weeks
  • Loctite Ablestik CE3103WLV
    Catalog Product

    LOCTITE ABLESTIK CE3103WLV

    • Pb Free alternative to solder
    • Compatible with non noble metals
    • Optimized for dispensing
    • 8 - 12 weeks
  • LOCTITE ABLESTIK CE3104WXL
    Catalog Product

    LOCTITE ABLESTIK CE3104WXL

    • Pb Free alternative to solder
    • Electrically conductive
    • Optimized for printing
    • 8 - 12 weeks
  • LOCTITE ABLESTIK 56C
    Catalog Product

    LOCTITE ABLESTIK 56C

    • High bond strength
    • Very low temperature cure
    • Passes NASA ougassing
    • 8 - 12 weeks
  • LOCTITE ABLESTIK CE3920
    Catalog Product

    LOCTITE ABLESTIK CE3920

    • Lid attach
    • Pb free alternative to Solder
    • Stencil Printable
    • 8 - 12 weeks
  • LOCTITE ABLESTIK ICP 3535M2
    Catalog Product

    LOCTITE ABLESTIK ICP 3535M2

    • Adhesion stability
    • Pb free alternative to solder
    • Excellent for Sn terminated components
    • 8 - 12 weeks
  • LOCTITE ABLESTIK ICP 4000
    Catalog Product

    LOCTITE ABLESTIK ICP 4000

    • High temperature performance
    • Excellent electrical conductivity
    • Flexible and low stress
    • 8 - 12 weeks
  • Loctite Ablestik ICP 4001
    Catalog Product

    LOCTITE ABLESTIK ICP 4001

    • Low outgassing
    • Low stress interconnects
    • Noble components on noble LF
    • 8 - 12 weeks
  • LOCTITE ABLESTIK ICP 4015
    Catalog Product

    LOCTITE ABLESTIK ICP 4015

    • One component
    • High flexibility
    • Low temperature cure
    • 8 - 12 weeks
  • LOCTITE ABLESTIK ICP 8282
    Catalog Product

    LOCTITE ABLESTIK ICP 8282

    • Snap cure
    • High flexibility
    • High speed print
    • 8 - 12 weeks
  • LOCTITE ABLESTIK SI 5421
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    LOCTITE SI 5421

    • Room temperature cure
    • Low stress
    • EMI Shielding gasketing material
    • 8 - 12 weeks
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Product Selector Guide

Electrically Conductive Adhesives
Product Description Volume resistivity (Ω*cm) Glass transition temperature (°C) CTE a1 CTE a2 Tensile modulus @25°C Recommended cure Key attributes
Acrylate
Loctite Ablestik CA 3556HF Acrylate electrically conductive adhesive 2.5 × 10-3 -30 95 278 650 2min @110°C
  • One component
  • Fast, low-temp cure
  • Low contact resistance
Loctite Ablestik ICP 8282 Snap cure, cost effective acrylate conductive adhesive 3.7 x 10-3 - - - 1000 10sec @150°C 
  • High print speed
  • Flexible interconnects
Epoxy
Loctite Ablestik 3888 Epoxy adhesive kit for repair/rework of interconnections 0.1 x 10-3 50 50 - - 24h @25°C
  • Temp Solder replacement
  • Repair kit
Loctite Ablestik CE 3103WLV Epoxy electrically conductive adhesive 8 × 10-4 114 45 225 4,500 10min @120°C
  • Rigid. Ideal for Sn, Ni, non noble
  • Pb-free alt to solder
  • Stable contact resistance
Loctite Ablestik CE 3104WXL

Epoxy adhesive for SMD component attach on Sn, Sn/Pb and OSP coated Cu substrates

- 100 40 190 - 3min @150°C
  • Controlled particle size
  • Rigid. Ideal for Sn, Ni, non noble
  • Ultra fine pitch resolution
Loctite Ablestik CE 3920 Epoxy adhesive for SMD interconnect formations, lid attach and cap attach assembly. 3 x 10-4  119 29 130 - 5min @ 150°C
  • Stencil printable
  • No post cure
Loctite Ablestik ICP 3535M2 Epoxy for circuit adhesive applications for mounting Sn finished components. 2 x 10-3 96 - - - 10min @ 175°C
  • Ideal for Sn, Ni, non noble
  • Rigid. For small size components
Silicone
Loctite Ablestik ICP 4000 Silicone electrically conductive adhesive 6 × 10-5 -45 - 330 101 60min @130°C
  • Great elongation
  • Noble metallization
  • High electrical current carrying capability
Loctite Ablestik ICP 4001 Silicone electrically conductive adhesive 4 × 10-4 - - 370 40 @0°C 35min @140°C
  • High flexibility & adhesion
  • Noble metallization
  • High operating temp
Loctite Ablestik ICP 4015 Conductive Silicone with high flexibility and excellent electrical conductivity 1 x 10-4 - - -   30min @80°C
  • 200°C operating temp
  • Very low cure temp
Loctite SI 5421 Conductive Silicone for bonding, gasketing of EMI/RF shielded enclosures 1 x 10-2 - - - 24h @ 25°C
  • Room temp cure
  • Tack free in 1h @ 25°C

Frequently Asked Questions


 

Frequently Asked Questions about Electrically Conductive Adhesives (ECA)

Below is a list of frequently asked questions about the electrically conductive materials we supply. The list is far from exhaustive, so if you have a question, please contact us and we'll see if we can help you with your question.

Can electrically conductive adhesives be used to bond aluminum to aluminum?

Nearly all ECAs and conductive die-attach materials will form a conductive bond with aluminum. However, the bond will degrade (higher electrical conductivity and lower adhesion) with aging time, due to progressive oxidation of the aluminum. The degradation may not be a concern for “consumer” devices, where the operating environment may not be very harsh, the operating life is short, and/or the performance requirements are not severe.

None of the current products we offer can guarantee high-reliability long-term on aluminum substrates (especially the conductivity will suffer). There have been product development projects in the past to develop an ECA that was filled with very sharp filler flakes to punch through the oxidation layer of the aluminum substrate, but also this did not work in the end and the project was abandoned.

How well do Silicone materials bond to plastics and metals?

Silicone materials are challenging as they have very low surface tension (like PTFE) preventing good wetting of the adhesive. Silicones are also chemically resistant, meaning that you can’t use any solubility to melt or diffuse into the polymer matrix like you can with other materials such as polyamide (PA). Moreover, silicones are usually flat or smooth, so you can’t interlock with the roughness. Last but not least, no substrate can be bonded to an adhesion level that is higher than the substrate’s tensile strength or modulus. This means that elastomers like silicone which have low modulus like 2-5 MPa will simply deform and peel when the adhesive load gets higher than these levels. Obviously, if the tensile strength is low, then you will get substrate failure at that level before you reach adhesive failure. The net effect of all of these effects is that the bond strength to silicone with any adhesive is typically limited to less than 1 MPa, meaning “non-structural” level for engineering designs that require a reliable bond.

However, taking these aspects into account, silicones can be bonded with .... silicones ! But in that case the adhesion strength limitation (or failure mode) may be moving to the metal substrate side. If the required adhesive strength is relatively low, you can consider silicone based adhesives like LOCTITE SI 5140 and SI 5145  that are RT vulcanizing or LOCTITE ABLESTIK ABP 8035 that is heat curable.

What chemistry is best for electrically conductive adhesives?

The choice of chemistry will depend on the final properties of the adhesive that you are trying to maximize.

Silicones are ideal for higher temperature applications or if you also desire high-flexibility or high-elongation in your application. Acrylics or acrylates are best if you desire a very fast cure, or if you want the lowest contact resistance. Epoxies have a good balance between electrical performance, high reliability or low CTE and Tg combinations.

 


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Versatile Electrically Conductive Adhesives

Electrically conductive adhesives are ideal for use in thermal, electrical interconnect and structural bonding applications for improved reliability in electronic systems.

For manufacturers that require both electrical performance and thermal dissipation functionality, Henkel’s electrically conductive materials are the most proven, trusted adhesives on the market.

Snap Cure Conductive Adhesives

Snap curable conductive adhesives provides excellent adhesion and reliability, cure times of less than two minutes, and in-line processing capability for exceptionally high throughput. For applications with large coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) mismatches between substrates, or fine-pitch flip-chip interconnections where electrical conductivity is desired in only one direction, Henkel has an electrically conductive adhesive to meet the challenge.

Heat Cure Conductive Adhesives

Electrically conductive heat cure adhesives are required for a number of manufacturing challenges such as die to substrate bonding, passive component attach and the bonding of heat-sensitive components. The Henkel line includes products from such trusted brands as LOCTITE® ECCOBOND and LOCTITE® ABLESTIK, , with varying cure speeds, viscosity and pot life.

Room Temperature Cure Adhesives

Our electrically-conductive adhesive products cure at room temperature and can be used for bonding and sealing applications for heat-sensitive devices that require superior electrical and mechanical properties, with no heating equipment required.

Two-Component Conductive Adhesives

Two-component electrically conductive adhesives require no refrigeration or freezer storage and include products that provide high peel and tensile lap shear strength over a broad temperature range; as well as silver-filled epoxies recommended for electronic bonding and sealing applications that comply with the requirements of NASA’s outgassing specification.