As a company grounded in science, Henkel is proud to support education and connect with the next generation of scientists. When members of our Adhesive Technologies team were asked to speak to chemistry students during the spring semester at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, the invitation held special meaning.
Back in 1953, Trinity College became the birthplace of Henkel’s iconic LOCTITE® brand. The game-changing adhesive was created when retired chemistry professor Vernon Krieble developed anaerobic threadlocking adhesives in a basement laboratory at the college. His revolutionary invention offered a more reliable, non-mechanical solution to bond, seal and lock metal parts.
In preparation for the campus visit, members of the Henkel Adhesive team helped restore Trinity College’s 50-year-old permanent display highlighting Krieble’s work. Previously, Henkel donated to the college a scrapbook documenting the origins of LOCTITE through memoranda, news articles and photos dating back to the 1950s and ’60s.
After extensive planning and preparations, the event kicked off with one-on-one meetings with professors to ensure the college’s chemistry curriculum aligns with the needs of industrial employers.
Later, students and faculty from Trinity College’s chemistry and engineering departments gathered to hear Henkel experts talk about the making of LOCTITE, the evolution of anaerobic chemistry, and the different roles that chemists play in adhesives — from product development to application engineering. Throughout the day, Henkel Human Resources representatives were on hand to talk to students about internship and career opportunities at Henkel.