Case ID: M23-128P^

Published: 2023-06-29 10:42:06

Last Updated: 1688035326


Elham Fini
Saba Shariati

Technology categories

Advanced Materials/NanotechnologyEnvironmentalManufacturing/Construction/MechanicalPhysical Science

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Physical Sciences Team

Multi-Functional Modifier for Interface of Bitumen and Aggregate (MIBA)


The quality and service life of an asphalt mixture depends largely on the strength and stability of the bitumen-aggregate adhesion. Inadequate adhesion results in typical instabilities such as crumbling, stripping, raveling, pothole development, and a reduction in tensile strength.

Organosilane-based technologies have been used to improve the bitumen-aggregate interface, but their use has been limited due to the decreased hydrolytic stability of these composites at elevated temperatures and the self-condensation reaction of organosilanes. Bitumen emulsifiers are essential to repair and seal the top surfaces of existing roads, roof shingles, and bridge decks. There is a need for bitumen modifiers & emulsifiers that can be used effectively at a wide range of weather conditions and without having destructive effects on the other properties of bitumen.

Invention Description

Researchers at Arizona State University have developed a multi-functional modifier (MIBA) to improve sustainability at the interface of bitumen and aggregate. This technology uses organosilane and environmentally friendly bio-oils to guarantee both the adhesive and cohesive properties of a bituminous mixture due to the increased effective intermolecular interactions. This type of modifier can also be used as a bitumen emulsifier for applying with tack coat or for microsurfacing.

Potential Applications

  • Bitumen modifier (anti-stripping, anti-aging, or peptizing agent) in construction of roads, roof shingles, or bridge decks
  • Application with tack coat to repair and seal existing asphalt surfaces
  • Bitumen emulsifier

Benefits & Advantages

  • Moisture-resistant (effective in both wet and dry conditions)
  • Cohesive & adhesive properties
  • Environmentally friendly modifiers (non-hazardous)
  • Cost-effective (bio-oil is derived from waste biomasses)
  • Peptizing effect of bio-oil delays bitumen aging

Related Publication: Enhanced sustainability at the bitumen-aggregate interface using organosilane coating technology