Reversible Adhesives Based on Catechols and Metal Ions

Student: Asger Holm Agergaard and Mads Blichfeldt Amdisen

Strong adhesion between different substrates is of highest importance in many different industries and is used both in protection of material-surfaces and in joining different materials together. Often materials are joined by physical joining, but it is also possible to do chemical joining of different materials. Especially when going for waterproof joining of different materials, the chemical approach may be most attractive.

For many applications, it would be an advantage to be able to produce reversible adhesions. The reversibility could allow for a cheaper and easier approach when new coating or adhesions are required.

In this project, an electrochemical approach to this challenge is investigated. This system proposes a green and eco-friendly approach to the challenge of making an adhesive that works in water with a reversible character.

Data, progress, and status on the project is found here.