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Electrogelation for Protein Adhesives

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Novel electrochemical behavior of silk protein to generate an adhesive electrogel is reported. The biomimetic system demonstrates reversible adhesive properties (see image) and functions on both hydrated and dry surfaces. Further, the system utilizes all-biocompatible components and functions in an all-aqueous process at ambient conditions. Potential applications in medical devices and in environmentally compatible material systems are described.

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