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Strength in Mussels

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What can man-made adhesives draw from nature’s strongest, cleanest glues?

Architects tend to pay more attention to materials than to the substances that hold them together. However, increased attention to material chemistry has encouraged greater scrutiny of adhesives used in building construction. Necessary components in assemblies and composites, adhesives provide important functionality—yet they often consist of synthetic chemicals that off-gas during curing, leading to negative consequences for human and environmental health. LEED and other green rating systems focus on the reduction of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in adhesives as well as other materials, yet one wonders why these substances must off-gas at all. [...]

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