Training in Bio-Inspired Design of Smart Adhesive Materials

    Project: EU research project

    Project Details


    The last half century has seen a tremendous advancement in adhesives technology and has led to widespread replacement of mechanical fasteners with adhesive bonds (e.g. aircraft, automobile, construction, etc.). Bonding to wet, rough and fouled surfaces, however, remains challenging and adhesive technology is rarely applied for bonding in wet conditions, such as in (orthopaedic) medicine. Therefore, a need exists to educate young researchers in this interdisciplinary research field of controlling adhesion under wet conditions and to bridge the gap between the fundamentals of underwater adhesives and their practice. BioSmartTrainee is set up to provide such training by a combination of three complementary scientific fields: polymer science, adhesion and (fluid)-biomechanics. We aim to (i) extract principles from biological systems and mimic them to design synthetic materials; to (ii) experimentally test their adhesion properties in wet conditions and to (iii) clarify the adhesion mechanisms based on natural examples and theoretical modelling. These innovative adhesives will be useful for reversible attachment to a variety of surfaces in wet environments and, therefore, be highly relevant for products from European industry such as technological adhesives, coatings, tissue adhesives, wound dressings or transdermal delivery devices. This carefully planned research and training program in a network of leading academic and industrial (BASF, AkzoNobel, UGRO) partners will ensure that young researchers are given an excellent training in a pioneering research domain of high scientific and technological relevance, where Europe can take a leading position.
    Effective start/end date1/10/1530/09/19

    Research Output

    Effect of Polymer Concentration on the Structure and Dynamics of Short Poly(N, N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) in Aqueous Solution: A Combined Experimental and Molecular Dynamics Study

    Mintis, D. G., Dompé, M., Kamperman, M. & Mavrantzas, V. G., Jan 2020, In : Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 124, p. 240-252 12 p.

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Hybrid complex coacervate

    Dompé, M., Cedano-Serrano, F. J., Vahdati, M., Hourdet, D., Van der Gucht, J., Kamperman, M. & Kodger, T. E., 4 Feb 2020, In : Polymers. 12, 2, 320.

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    Open Access
  • Tuning the interactions in multiresponsive complex coacervate-based underwater adhesives

    Dompé, M., Cedano-Serrano, F. J., Vahdati, M., Sidoli, U., Heckert, O., Synytska, A., Hourdet, D., Creton, C., van der Gucht, J., Kodger, T. & Kamperman, M., 1 Jan 2020, In : International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 21, 1, 100.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)