College of Arts and Science
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.
Biomimetic materials; Biomimetic Materials--chemistry; Biomimetic polymers
Citation: Pilot Scholars Version (Modified MLA Style)
Birchfield, Bryce and Dingman, Justin, "Sticky Like a Mussel: Synthesis of a Biomimetic Adhesive Polymer – Progress So Far!" (2016). Chemistry Undergraduate Publications, Presentations and Projects. 2.