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Web Date: January 22, 2016

Mussels Inspire A Super Slippery, Antifouling Coating

Biomaterials: Polymer loops lubricate surfaces and resist cell adhesion
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: lubricant, antifouling, mussels, polymer loops, catechol, tribology, coating

Artificial joint implants get worn out over time, requiring replacement every 10 to 15 years. Polymer coatings could extend the lifetime of the implants by decreasing friction on the joint and minimizing wear. The ideal polymer would also resist protein adsorption and cell adhesion, which can trigger an inflammatory response. Now, researchers describe a polymer that attaches strongly to a variety of surfaces and exhibits enhanced lubricating and antifouling properties (ACS Nano 2015, DOI:

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