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J Mater Chem. 2012 Aug 21;22(31):15530-15533.

Mussel foot protein-1 (mcfp-1) interaction with titania surfaces().

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POSTECH Ocean Science and Technology Institute, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang 790784, South Korea.


Marine mussels utilize a variety of DOPA-rich proteins for purposes of underwater adhesion, as well as for creating hard and flexible surface coatings for their tough and stretchy byssal fibers. In the present study, moderately strong, yet reversible wet adhesion between the protective mussel coating protein, mcfp-1, and amorphous titania was measured with a surface force apparatus (SFA). In parallel, resonance Raman spectroscopy was employed to identify the presence of bidentate DOPA-Ti coordination bonds at the TiO(2)-protein interface, suggesting that catechol-TiO(2) complexation contributes to the observed reversible wet adhesion. These results have important implications for the design of protective coatings on TiO(2).

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