Bio inspired glues

Development of under water adhesive mimicing mussel proteins

   The BiGlu project focuses on the structure of mussel proteins and seeking ways to mimic the properties with cheap raw materials. The catechol-motif of the amino acid L-DOPA, which is a post-expression functionalized amino acid rooting from Tyrosine, occurs in the sticky parts of these proteins in high amount (up to 30% of all amino acids in the sequence). Thus this project focuses on development of polymers with a catechol motif which stems from cheap chemicals and the analysis of the cohesion and adhesion on different materials.

This project is funded by the FFG.