Jun 24, 2019
Have you ever noticed how sea creatures like mussels, oysters
and barnacles, refuse to budge even on wet, stormy coastlines?
Apparently it’s because they make their own glue and cement
which is incredibly effective!
Jonathan Wilker and his team at the Wilker Lab are studying
how nature makes these materials and is translating that
information into glues and adhesives we can use for ourselves. And
the impact of new adhesives might be more meaningful than you
Adhesives are found everywhere! They’re in makeup, plywood and
furniture, all over the interior of your car, and they even have
potential for biomedical uses! Jonathan is working not only find
adhesives that work better, but to create non-toxic alternatives
and even adhesives that work underwater!
This episode surprised me with how interesting Jonathan’s
research is and how exciting the potential impact is for all of us.
Give it a listen and I’m sure you’ll feel the same!
And find the Wilker Lab on Twitter @WilkerLabPurdue
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