Norland Optical Adhesive 72

Norland Optical Adhesive 72

Norland Optical Adhesive 72 ("NOA72")is an optically clear, liquid adhesive that will cure when exposed to either long wavelength ultraviolet light or visible light. This one part,low viscosity adhesive is 100% solids and offers advantages in optical bonding applications. The use of NOA 72 eliminates premixing, drying or heat curing operations common to other adhesive systems.

NOA 72 is recommended for bonding plastics such as acrylic, polycarbonate, cellulose acetate butyrate or glass where low UV light transmission prevents curing of other adhesives. Typical applications would be bonding of compound lenses, laminating polarized film between glass or plastic or bonding leaded glass.

NOA 72 is cured by ultraviolet light between 315 to 395 nanometers and visible light between 400 to 450 nanometers. The peak absorption wavelengths are 320, 365 and 420 nm. Full cure requires 5 Joules/sq. cm of energy between 315 and 450 nm.

Recommended Light Sources

Opticure LED 200
Norland Products
Cranbury, NJ
1/2 inch 5-10 seconds at 1/2 inch


Bench Mount Lamp

Spectronics Westbury, NY
4 x 15 inches 45 minutes at 6 inches



In most optical applications, curing is done in two steps. First a short exposure, or precure, is used. This cures the adhesive enough to allow it to be handled without disturbing the alignment and keeps the number of alignment fixtures to a minimum. At this time, parts can be inspected and excess adhesive can be cleaned up with an acetone or alcohol moistened cloth. Any rejected pieces are most easily separated at this stage. Cure is completed by exposure for the remainder of the cure time. A general rule is that full cure will take 20 times the precure time using the same intensity light source.

The NOA bonds can be separated in chlorinated solvent such as methylene chloride. The bonded area must be soaked in the solvent and normally will separate overnight if only precured. Longer times may be necessary depending upon the extent of the cure and the size of the bond area. Caution is warranted because methylene chloride will attack many plastics.

When fully cured, NOA 72 has very good adhesion and solvent resistance, but has not reached its optimum adhesion to glass. This will come with aging over a period of about 1 week in which a chemical bond will form between the glass and adhesive. This optimum adhesion can also be obtained by aging the bonded optics at 50° C for 12 hours.

NOA 72 can withstand temperatures after aging from -80° C to 90° C for bonds to glass, while nonaged glass and plastic bonds will withstand temperatures from -15° C to 60°C. In some cases the adhesive will withstand temperatures to 125° C when used as a film or a coating depending upon the application.

Typical Properties of NOA 72

Viscosity at 25° C155 cps
Refractive Index of Cured Polymer1.56
Hardness - Shore D75
Dielectric Constant at 1 MHz3.98
Dielectric Strength (V/mil)456
Dissipation Factor at 1 MHz.0351
Volume Resistivity (ohm/cm)7.37 x 10 to the 14 power
Surface Resistivity (ohm)3.73 x 10 to the 12 power

Shelf life of the liquid is a minimum of 4 months from the date of shipment, refer to the package label for the actual expiration date, if stored in a cool (5-22° C), dark place in the original container.If refrigerated, allow the adhesive to come to room temperature prior to use.

Care should be taken in handling this material. The Material Safety Data Sheet should be read for this product as well as for any associated products such as alcohol, acetone or methylene chloride. Prolonged contact with skin should be avoided and affected areas should be washed thoroughly with copious amounts of soap and water. If the adhesive gets into eyes, flush with water for 15 minutes and seek medical attention. Use the material in a well ventilated area, otherwise a NIOSH approved organic vapor mask is recommended.

Spectral Transmission of NOA 72

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