Methods for Catechol Containing Polymer Synthesis for Large Scale Production

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Researchers at Purdue University have developed a method which enables large-scale production of catechol-containing polymers. Such polymers, inspired by the adhesion proteins used by mussels, exhibit strong adhesion and reduction properties that hold promise for a wide variety of applications. However, current synthesis methods fail to produce large quantities of polymer. High initial supply costs and the use of harsh reagents or extreme reaction conditions pose challenges to commercial-scale production. To address this, the Purdue team has developed a synthetic scheme to mitigate the high initial costs and scale-up issues preventing this product from entering the market, providing access to large quantities of polymer at low cost.

-Reduced material costs
-More manageable reaction procedures
-Amendable to high-scale production

Potential Applications:
-Wet-setting and underwater adhesive applications

ACS Appl Bio Mater. 2020 Jun 15;3(6):3894-3905. doi: 10.1021/acsabm.0c00431.
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