A novel adhesive derived from renewable resources that can be used and applied underwater.
Current adhesive technology allows certain adhesives to be water resistant, creating a weather proof seal in harsh conditions. However, once an object is wet, most adhesives can no longer be applied. There is an increasing need for adhesives which can be applied under water or to already wet surfaces, such as boat hulls or undersea industrial equipment.
Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara have developed an adhesive which can be used and applied underwater. This material utilizes the adhesion techniques of California mussels and is produced using the plant derivative eugenol, which is an affordable and renewable resource. When tested underwater against the current commercial equivalent, it proved stronger, with a loop tack of 2.6 N/cm2 compared to 1.6 N/cm2.
|United States Of America||Issued Patent||10,280,342||05/07/2019||2013-562|
adhesive, coating, eugenol, indadhesive