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Researchers develop eco-friendly, commercially viable pressure-sensitive adhesives

July 10, 2019

Chemical engineering researchers at Oregon State University have developed a vegetable-oil-based adhesive that could provide an eco-friendly option…
The sticky science of underwater adhesives

April 18, 2019

Mussels stick to rocks on the seafloor, to aquatic plants, and — to the consternation of boaters —…
Adhesive Formed From Bee Spit and Flower Oil Could Form Basis of New Glues

March 29, 2019

Honey bees spend hours each day collecting pollen and packing it into tidy bundles attached to their hind…
A new natural, non-toxic adhesive is as strong as Gorilla Glue. When two pieces glued together were pulled apart by a machine to test its strength, the wood ripped. Image credit: Purdue University photo/Jonathan Wilker
Cooking chemistry minus heat equals new non-toxic adhesive

February 14, 2019

It seems like the cakes designed on competitive cooking shows get larger and more intricate every year. From…
These two hydrogels, adhered with an aqueous solution of polymer chains, come apart easily In the presence of UV light. Image/Video courtesy of Zhigang Suo/Harvard SEAS
A painless adhesive

December 28, 2018

Pulling off a Band-Aid may soon get a lot less painful. Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School…
Mucus from frogs’ sticky tongues may jump-start next generation of high-tech adhesives

November 28, 2018

The next generation of high-tech adhesives could take some design cues from the tongues of frogs, according to…
Silk-like sequences shape barnacles’ permanent adhesive; produce sticky, durable bond

January 30, 2017

A new study published in Scientific Reports shows how barnacles borrow design cues from insect silks to produce…
Researchers simulate wear of materials as they rub together

June 15, 2016

Forty years ago, MIT emeritus professor of mechanical engineering Ernest Rabinowicz calculated that 6 percent of the annual…
Geckos are sticky without effort

December 3, 2014

Photo of a tokay gecko clinging to a smooth surface.PHOTO CREDIT: WILLIAM STEWART.   Geckos, found in places…
Versatile bonding for lightweight components

November 4, 2014

New materials are making cars, planes and all sorts of other things lighter. The catch is that many…
Sticky business: bonding ultrastable space missions

October 14, 2014

A new ultrastable adhesive identified through ESA research could be a key to assembling rock-solid structures for space,…
New research reveals how bonded materials, from airplane wings to dental crowns, lose their bonding

August 5, 2014

Materials that are firmly bonded together with epoxy and other tough adhesives are ubiquitous in modern life —…
Adhesive bonding with pre-applied adhesives

May 21, 2014

In industrial production, bonding plays an increasingly important role. Researchers have now succeeded in separating the processes of…
Update: Sticky Business: Magnetic Pollen Replicas Offer Multimodal Adhesion

December 6, 2013

Researchers have created magnetic replicas of sunflower pollen grains using a wet chemical, layer-by-layer process that applies highly…
Prefab houses that are glued, not nailed, together

June 6, 2013

With prefabricated houses, the dream of having one’s own home can quickly become a reality. Until now, nails…
A molecular “superglue” based on flesh-eating bacteria

April 12, 2013

In a classic case of turning an enemy into a friend, scientists have engineered a protein from flesh-eating…
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