Biological Adhesives

  • Andrew M. Smith
  • James A. Callow

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Paolo Landini, Gregory Jubelin, Corinnet Dorel-Flaman
    Pages 21-40
  3. Lynn Epstein, Ralph L. Nicholson
    Pages 41-62
  4. James A. Callow, Maureen E. Callow
    Pages 63-78
  5. Anthony Chiovitti, Tony M. Dugdale, Richard Wetherbee
    Pages 79-103
  6. Philippe Potin, Catherine Leblanc
    Pages 105-124
  7. Jason Sagert, Chengjun Sun, J. Herbert waite
    Pages 125-143
  8. Kei Kamino
    Pages 145-166
  9. Patrick Flammang
    Pages 183-206
  10. Lloyd D. Graham, Veronica Glattauer, Yong y. Peng, Paul R. Vaughan, Jerome A. Werkmeister, Michael J. Tyler et al.
    Pages 207-223
  11. Bruce P. Lee, Jeffrey L. Dalsin, Phillip B. Messersmith
    Pages 257-278
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 279-284

About this book


Many plants, animals, and microbes use adhesive polymers and structures to attach to inert substrates, to each other, or to other organisms. This is the first major review that brings together research on many of the well-known biological adhesives. Emphasizing the diversity of biological adhesives and associated adhesion processes, it deals with bacteria, fungi, algae, and marine and terrestrial animals. It bridges a variety of disciplines including biochemistry, molecular biology, biomechanics, bioengineering, microbiology, organism structure and function, and ultrastructure. As we learn more about the molecular and mechanical properties of these adhesives, we begin to understand why they adhere so well and how they develop cohesive strength. With this understanding comes the prospect of developing synthetic or semi-synthetic adhesives with broad applications in areas such as medicine, dentistry, and biotechnology. The book is suitable for both industrial and academic researchers.


adhesion bioadhesive bioengineering biomaterials biomechanics biopolymers biotechnology glue mechanics proteins

Editors and affiliations

  • Andrew M. Smith
    • 1
  • James A. Callow
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyIthaca CollegeIthacaUSA
  2. 2.School of BiosciencesThe University of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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