The Bioadhesion and Biomimicry Research Group was created in 2018, contributing to MARE’s research line Biotechnology and Resources Valorisation.
Our research aims at reinforcing the scientific and economical potential of biomimetic-driven research, by contributing to the development of new nature-inspired adhesives for biomedical and biotechnological applications.
Bioadhesion is vital for many marine invertebrates, since it is through the production of adhesive secretions that they attach, move, feed, defend and reproduce.
Although critical for survival, the underlying molecular details of bioadhesion remain largely unknown. Understanding these processes and what defines the uniqueness of bioadhesives, is important from a biological point of view, but has also a major societal impact, considering the high demand for wet-effective, biocompatible and ecological adhesives.