Sailors are often faced with the problem of adhering to the surface of their vessels mollusk shells, which are very difficult to clean. It is these stubborn sea creatures inspired scientists to create brand new adhesive.

Engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a water-resistant adhesive protein based emitted clams. This adhesive after minor modifications, and thorough testing can be used in ship repair and even in medicine.

“Many of the inhabitants of the deep sea must be the ability to adhere to various surfaces, so nature has given them the ability to produce very different types of glue, which we want to borrow from them,” – says Timothy Lu, associate professor of biomedical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.

Get at least mussels, known to us all bivalves, which are now offering you a taste of almost all self-respecting restaurant. To gain a foothold in the coveted surface mollusk produces a special protein “byssus”, which is the finest threads and curable once gets into the water. Scientists have tried to recreate it in the laboratory using a variety of techniques, but they did not succeed.

Моллюски вдохновили учёных на создание нового суперклея

Only recently, researchers have been able to synthesize two different proteins durable adhesive material, which is quite possible to produce artificially. The new material is easily able to stick together, both dry and wet surfaces. During testing, the adhesive scientists found out that he firmly clings to surfaces coated with silica, gold and even polystyrene.

The creators of a unique adhesive sure it adheres to the surface much better than glue themselves shellfish that have inspired scientists to develop. Also this glue is the strongest of the currently existing analogs.

Моллюски вдохновили учёных на создание нового суперклея

The only limitation in the study of a new adhesive is the fact that scientists in one production cycle manages to create a very small amount, but they are confident that they can overcome this barrier in the near future. Researchers also hope to create in the future so-called “living glue” – a special film of bacteria that will detect damage and microcracks and produce glue to repair them.


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