Readers last week were most interested in Mussel Polymers’ licensing of adhesive technology developed at Purdue (Mussel Polymers Licenses Underwater Adhesive Technology from Purdue Research Foundation): “Mussel Polymers Inc. (MPI), a startup created by technology development company Wardenclyffe Chemicals Inc., has licensed patented underwater adhesive technology from the Purdue Research Foundation. The technology, which is based on a glue used naturally by marine creatures, was created by Jonathan Wilker, a Purdue University professor of chemistry and materials engineering, with students in his laboratory.

“The adhesive is called poly(catechol-styrene). It was engineered to mimic the glue that mussels naturally use to attach to substrates in the ocean. The research effort that led to the development of the adhesive lasted over a decade and was supported with $2 million from the Office of Naval Research.

“‘We have been studying sea creatures, how they stick, and designing synthetic mimics of these materials,’ Wilker said. ‘Now we are quite excited to move these new materials from the research lab into the marketplace. There is potential here to impact several industries, including products that people use in their daily lives.’”

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Top 5 News that Sticks for March 29 - April 4

  1. Mussel Polymers Licenses Underwater Adhesive Technology from Purdue Research Foundation
  2. FEICA One-Component Foam Test Methods Approved as CEN Standards
  3. H.B. Fuller Attributes 2020 First Quarter Revenue Dip to COVID-19
  4. SOCMA Reinforces Critical Role Specialty Chemical Manufacturers Play in Fighting COVID-19
  5. Covestro Signs Loan Facility with European Investment Bank to Support Research and Development Activities

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