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​Science Paper - Associate Professor Ali Miserez

Published on: 07-Sep-2017

​We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Associate Professor Ali Miserez and his team on the publication of his paper titled “Preventing mussel adhesion using lubricant-infused materials ” in the prestigious journal Science. This article is also highlighted on various websites.
Mussels are opportunistic macrofouling organisms that can attach to most immersed solid surfaces, leading to serious economic and ecological consequences for the maritime and aquaculture industries. We demonstrate that lubricant-infused coatings exhibit very low preferential mussel attachment and ultralow adhesive strengths under both controlled laboratory conditions and in marine field studies. Detailed investigations across multiple length scales—from the molecular-scale characterization of deposited adhesive proteins to nanoscale contact mechanics to macroscale live observations—suggest that lubricant infusion considerably reduces fouling by deceiving the mechanosensing ability of mussels, deterring secretion of adhesive threads, and decreasing the molecular work of adhesion. Our study demonstrates that lubricant infusion represents an effective strategy to mitigate marine biofouling and provides insights into the physical mechanisms underlying adhesion prevention.
About the journal
Science is a leading outlet for scientific news, commentary, and cutting-edge research. Through its print and online incarnations, Science reaches an estimated worldwide readership of more than one million. Science’s authorship is global too, and its articles consistently rank among the world's most cited research. It has an impact factor of 37.205 (2016).
Our heartiest congratulations to Prof Miserez and his team on their excellent achievement!

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