Oregon State Wood Science and Engineering Professor Kaichang Li is being recognized by the Wall Street Journal for his development of a formaldehyde-free, environmentally friendly wood adhesive.

The material is a soybean flour-based adhesive that has been chemically altered to become a bio-mimic of the protein secretion that mussels use to stick to rocks while in water. Li developed the material after observing that mussels were able to stick to rocks in spite of constantly being bombarded by waves.

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