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Mussel-Inspired Waterproof Medical Adhesives Use Sustainable Soybean Oil as Base Material

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is providing $390,000 for a team at the University of Akron to design and test a waterproof medical adhesives derived from soybean oil. There are many natural adhesives that work well in wet and harsh conditions. The team at Akron is basing their adhesive on the adhesive mussels use to stay firmly attached to hard substrates in spite of waves and tides. Many man-made adhesives are currently petroleum based, and moving to adhesives based on renewable resources is desirable; this project is using sustainable soybean oil as a starting material. One of the team’s leaders, Dr. Abraham Joy, commented on the project, “Our long term goal is to understand the molecular basis of adhesives that are effective in wet environments. The knowledge gained from such studies will provide the foundation for designing adhesives for various challenging applications — such as medical adhesives that will function in presence of body fluids.”

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