In nature, mussels are able to anchor onto a large variety of substrates (rocks and concrete, wood and ropes, ship hulls...) and under various conditions. When analyzing the constituents of the glue they produce, a modified amino acid, L-DOPA (3,4-dihydroxy-L-phenylalanine), appears to be responsible for these exceptional properties. Read more about L-DOPA
Symbiose Biomaterials is developing new bio-inspired synthetic polymers integrating L-DOPA (patent pending) as a multifunctional chemical platform for adhesion and coating development.
The L-DOPA-based polymers produced by Symbiose Biomaterials are synthesized in water, under mild conditions.