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Record number 533111
Title Bioinspired Underwater Adhesives by Using the Supramolecular Toolbox
Author(s) Hofman, Anton H.; Hees, Ilse A. van; Yang, Juan; Kamperman, Marleen
Source Advanced materials (2018). - ISSN 0935-9648
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.201704640
Department(s) Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter
VLAG
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Keyword(s) Adhesion - Bioinspired materials - Mussels - Sandcastle worms - Supramolecular chemistry
Abstract Nature has developed protein-based adhesives whose underwater performance has attracted much research attention over the last few decades. The adhesive proteins are rich in catechols combined with amphiphilic and ionic features. This combination of features constitutes a supramolecular toolbox, to provide stimuli-responsive processing of the adhesive, to secure strong adhesion to a variety of surfaces, and to control the cohesive properties of the material. Here, the versatile interactions used in adhesives secreted by sandcastle worms and mussels are explored. These biological principles are then put in a broader perspective, and synthetic adhesive systems that are based on different types of supramolecular interactions are summarized. The variety and combinations of interactions that can be used in the design of new adhesive systems are highlighted.
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