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Water-soluble alginate–based adhesive: catechol modification and adhesion properties


Catechol-modified alginate (AlgDA) samples with various catechol contents were synthesized and examined as adhesive materials. AlgDA exhibited high adhesive strength with mica and moderate adhesive strength with polymer resins, although this adhesiveness was not observed for sodium alginate. Moreover, AlgDA with a relatively low catechol content exhibited relatively high adhesive strength, unlike other catechol-modified polymer adhesives, presumably because the intramolecular aggregation of catechol units was suppressed in an aqueous solution. AlgDA residues were successfully removed from the used substrates by a simple water washing process. AlgDA is promising as a biobased adhesive material that contributes to a sustainable society.

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We thank Prof. Takashi Miyata, Prof. Akifumi Kawamura and Ms. Chika Hajime (Kansai University, Japan) for letting us use a tensile testing machine and Prof. Hiroshi Tamura, Prof. Tetsuya Furuike and Mr. Taisei Iwasa (Kansai University, Japan) for letting us use an SEC instrument.


This research was financially supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number JP22H04565 (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas of “Aquatic Functional Materials”, Area No. 6104), Shorai Foundation for Science and Technology, and Yashima Environment Technology Foundation. This research used computational resources under the Collaborative Research Program for Young•Women Scientists provided by the Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies, Kyoto University.

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Inata, S., Sogawa, H. & Sanda, F. Water-soluble alginate–based adhesive: catechol modification and adhesion properties. Polym J (2023).

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