Complex coacervates as a foundation for synthetic underwater adhesives

Russell J. Stewart, Ching Shuen Wang, Hui Shao

研究成果: 雜誌貢獻文章同行評審

209 引文 斯高帕斯(Scopus)


Complex coacervation was proposed to play a role in the formation of the underwater bioadhesive of the Sandcastle worm (Phragmatopoma californica) based on the polyacidic and polybasic nature of the glue proteins and the balance of opposite charges at physiological pH. Morphological studies of the secretory system suggested that the natural process does not involve complex coacervation as commonly defined. The distinction may not be important because electrostatic interactions likely play an important role in the formation of the sandcastle glue. Complex coacervation has also been invoked in the formation of adhesive underwater silk fibers of caddisfly larvae and the adhesive plaques of mussels. A process similar to complex coacervation, that is, condensation and dehydration of biopolyelectrolytes through electrostatic associations, seems plausible for the caddisfly silk. This much is clear, the sandcastle glue complex coacervation model provided a valuable blueprint for the synthesis of a biomimetic, water-borne, underwater adhesive with demonstrated potential for repair of wet tissue.
頁(從 - 到)85-93
期刊Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
出版狀態已發佈 - 9月 14 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 表面和介面
  • 物理與理論化學
  • 膠體和表面化學


深入研究「Complex coacervates as a foundation for synthetic underwater adhesives」主題。共同形成了獨特的指紋。