Polymer Engineering Faculty Research

Effects of Interfacial Redox in Mussel Adhesive Protein Films on Mica

Younjin Min, The University of Akron


Formation of dehydrodopa in an adhesive mussel foot protein (mfp3) during autoxidation or periodate-mediated oxidation influences film thickness on mica in the surface forces apparatus (SFA). Dehydrodopa-dependent protein conformations in mussel plaque may enable different packing modes that are reversible.