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Preventing mussel adhesion using lubricant-infused materials

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Science  18 Aug 2017:
Vol. 357, Issue 6352, pp. 668-673
DOI: 10.1126/science.aai8977

When you don't want things to stick

During marine fouling, surfaces are encrusted with scale or biological organisms, which can be expensive to remove. Amini et al. used polymers infused with organic lubricants to prevent mussels from adhering to a submerged surface. The infused polymer presents a relatively soft surface to the mussel. This means that when the mussel probes the surface with its feet, it is less likely to release adhesive threads, which reduces its adhesion. The antifouling properties of the treatment were observed in both a laboratory setting and field testing.

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