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Web Date: January 17, 2013

Polymer Gets Sticky When Hit With Light

Materials Science: Inspired by mussel proteins, the polymer could be a useful medical adhesive
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: adhesives, mussel adhesive protein, protecting group, catechol, nitrobenzyl, medical devices

Mussels secrete a protein that helps them stick to underwater surfaces like rock, metal, or wood. Chemists have designed sticky polymers that mimic this protein, but these materials quickly set when exposed to air. To get more control with these adhesives, researchers from Japan have developed a mussel-mimicking polymer that sets only when hit by light (ACS Macro Lett., DOI: 10.1021/mz300524q). . . .

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