“It’s not just about the chemicals; it’s how to copy nature’s fabrication method,” Harrington says. Jonathan Wilker, a chemist at Purdue University who was not involved in the work, says this study “is definitely exciting.” Researchers are trying to make tough adhesives that can work in water, he says, but their model systems are quite simple compared with the intricate ways that mussels make their glues. “These latest views on bioadhesive production are likely to influence where we go next.” /materials/biomaterials/Mussel-adhesives-rely-pinch-vanadium/99/i38 20211017 Mussels slowly sprinkle metal ions into sticky protein fluid to make tough glues that cure underwater Concentrates 99 38 /magazine/99/09938.html Mussel adhesives rely on a pinch of vanadium biomaterials, mussel, adhesive, mussel glue, underwater adhesive, tough adhesives con scitech Prachi Patel, special to C&EN materials biomaterials biological-chemistry analytical-chemistry A scanning electron micrograph shows part of a microchannel within the glue-secreting organ of a mussel.
by Prachi Patel, special to C&EN |
October 17, 2021