Biological Adhesive Systems

From Nature to Technical and Medical Application

  • Janek von Byern
  • Ingo Grunwald

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Part A

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Wolfram Adlassnig, Thomas Lendl, Marianne Peroutka, Ingeborg Lang
      Pages 15-28
    3. Janek von Byern, Claudia E. Mills, Patrick Flammang
      Pages 29-40
    4. Andrew M. Smith
      Pages 41-51
    5. Norbert Cyran, Lisa Klinger, Robyn Scott, Charles Griffiths, Thomas Schwaha, Vanessa Zheden et al.
      Pages 53-86
    6. Anne Marie Power, Waltraud Klepal, Vanessa Zheden, Jaimie Jonker, Paul McEvilly, Janek von Byern
      Pages 153-168
    7. Ching Shuen Wang, Kelli K. Svendsen, Russell J. Stewart
      Pages 169-179
  3. Part B

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Klaus Rischka, Katharina Richter, Andreas Hartwig, Maria Kozielec, Klaus Slenzka, Robert Sader et al.
      Pages 201-211
    3. Jessica Blume, Willi Schwotzer
      Pages 213-224
    4. James Ferguson, Sylvia Nürnberger, Heinz Redl
      Pages 225-236
    5. Sylvia Nürnberger, Susanne Wolbank, Anja Peterbauer-Scherb, Tatjana J. Morton, Georg A. Feichtinger, Alfred Gugerell et al.
      Pages 237-259
    6. Albrecht Berg, Fabian Peters, Matthias Schnabelrauch
      Pages 261-272
    7. Heather G. Silverman, Francisco F. Roberto
      Pages 273-283
    8. K. H. Aaron Lau, Phillip B. Messersmith
      Pages 285-294
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 295-305

About this book


There is a growing need for new adhesives for technical and medical applications! The nature uses adhesion in a host of ways and we can learn a great deal from this. Adhesive systems of potential interest need to be thoroughly analyzed and the common underlying principles and unique features of natural adhesives have to be understood.

The first part of this book gives an overview of selected adhesive systems from the plant and animal kingdoms. It describes their structure (morphology), function (secretion), and what kinds of adhesives are produced (composition). Knowledge about biological adhesives raises the question as to how these systems can benefit our daily lives.

The second part of this book focuses on technical and medical applications of biological adhesives and biomimetic systems. The use of renewable biological components in industrial adhesives is also highlighted as is the use of biomimetic and bio-adhesives in basic and applied research. Medical and surgical applications of these adhesives such as wound healing and the bonding of tissues/organs are also covered.

This publication can be readily used in conjunction with the book “Biological Adhesives” by Smith and Callow (2006) which describes the basis of bonding systems and their chemical and mechanical properties and means that readers now have a comprehensive overview of biological adhesive systems and their applications!


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Editors and affiliations

  • Janek von Byern
    • 1
  • Ingo Grunwald
    • 2
  1. 1.Core Facility Cell Imaging and Ultrastructure Research Faculty of Life ScienceUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of Adhesive Bonding Technology and Surfaces, Adhesives and Polymer ChemistryFraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM)BremenGermany

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