Biological Adhesives

  • Andrew M. Smith

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Natalie C. Bamford, P. Lynne Howell
    Pages 1-24
  3. Lynn Epstein, Ralph Nicholson
    Pages 25-55
  4. Paul J. Molino, Anthony Chiovitti, Michael J. Higgins, Tony M. Dugdale, Richard Wetherbee
    Pages 57-86
  5. Nick Aldred, Luigi Petrone
    Pages 87-105
  6. Nicholas N. Ashton, Ching-Shuen Wang, Russell J. Stewart
    Pages 107-128
  7. Kei Kamino
    Pages 153-176
  8. Patrick Flammang, Mélanie Demeuldre, Elise Hennebert, Romana Santos
    Pages 193-222
  9. Lloyd D. Graham, Veronica Glattauer, Yong Y. Peng, Paul R. Vaughan, Jerome A. Werkmeister, Michael J. Tyler et al.
    Pages 223-243
  10. Kellar Autumn, Jonathan Puthoff
    Pages 245-280
  11. Jonas O. Wolff, Solimary García-Hernández, Stanislav N. Gorb
    Pages 281-301
  12. Dharamdeep Jain, Todd A. Blackledge, Toshikazu Miyoshi, Ali Dhinojwala
    Pages 303-319
  13. Yuan Liu, Hao Meng, Phillip B. Messersmith, Bruce P. Lee, Jeffrey L. Dalsin
    Pages 345-378

About this book


This book reviews the structure of different biological adhesives and the mechanisms by which they achieve interfacial adhesion, cohesive strength, and fracture toughness. These adhesives include cements, strongly adherent fibrous holdfasts, tough and flexible adhesive gels, energy-dissipating adhesive tapes, nanoparticle-based adhesives, hierarchically structured nanoarray adhesives and a wide variety of viscous, sticky secretions.
Biological adhesives are complex biomaterials that have evolved to meet a wide variety of functional demands, and which range from the micro- to the macro-scale. Some adhesives set rapidly, while others set over longer periods of time; others can readily detach and reattach to allow movement and to manipulate objects, while yet others have the ability to self-heal after sustaining damage.
Recent technological advances have expanded our ability to characterize these materials.  Analyzing the physical and molecular structure, processing, chemical interactions and mechanical properties of these adhesives has yielded novel insights, which this new edition discusses in detail. These insights are likely to inform and guide the biomimetic development of new, powerful adhesives with desirable properties that are unmatched by today’s synthetic adhesives. Given the breadth and depth of its coverage, the book offers an invaluable source of information for industrial and academic researchers alike.


Adhesion Bioadhesive Bioengineering Biomaterials Biopolymers Glue Adhesive bacterial exopolysaccharides Fungal adhesives Diatom adhesives Mussel adhesion Barnacle underwater attachment Gastropod adhesive gels Gecko adhesive system Black widow’s gumfoot glue

Editors and affiliations

  • Andrew M. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyIthaca CollegeIthacaUSA

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