Mussel Proteins Lead Scientists to New PCS Adhesive for Underwater Use

Posted on 4/15/2020 9:17:17 AM By ASC

In the hope of finding new ways to tackle adhesive production a good deal of attention has been focussed in recent years on how nature produces the adhesives which allow some plants, all snails and slugs, and various types of sea creatures to adhere to different substrates and in varying environments. Now a breakthrough by a Purdue University scientist has led to the development of a new adhesive based on how mussels keep themselves firmly attached to rocks, and a start-up called Mussel Polymers Inc (MPI) has been launched by Wardenclyffe Chemicals Inc.

By focussing on the materials and proteins in the mussels’ self-generated adhesive, chemistry and materials engineering professor Jonathan Wilker and his pupils developed polycatechol-styrene (PCS).

According to MPI, the PCS technology is being used to develop a commercial range of  non-toxic underwater adhesives and sealants for use in various industries. Specific focus is also being put on the development of a system capable of assisting with the restoration of coral reefs, a project backed by a grant for Small Business Innovation from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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