Title

Sticky Like a Mussel: Synthesis of a Biomimetic Adhesive Polymer – Progress So Far!

Publication Date

Spring 2016

Faculty Advisor

Ronda Bard

College/School

College of Arts and Science

Department

Chemistry

Abstract

Mussels secrete a polypeptide used to adhere to various objects in aquatic environments. Although previous groups have developed methods for mimicking this compound, we set out to develop a safer and more practical scheme, which can be practiced by undergraduate organic chemistry laboratory students. Since the adhesive properties of the 3,4-dihydroxy polymer have been previously studied, we focused on generating a 3,5-dihydroxy polymer. This process involves a five-phase reaction of which the first reaction has been successfully completed and analyzed.

Subjects

Biomimetic materials; Biomimetic Materials--chemistry; Biomimetic polymers

Publication Information

Founders' Day 2016, Poster.

Copyright for this work is retained by the authors.

Peer-Reviewed

No

Document Type

Student Project

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