Sticky Slugs Inspire the Suture of the Future

Tuesday, September 19, 7 PM

Join us at Coltivare and meet Andy Smith, professor of biology at Ithaca College. Dr. Smith is an expert in biological adhesives. He will talk about how snails and slugs can convert dilute, slippery mucus into a tough, stretchy adhesive. Learn firsthand how these nature-inspired adhesives may replace sutures.

This exciting event brings science and scientists out of the labs and lecture halls to downtown Ithaca for anyone and everyone to enjoy.

Dr. Andrew Smith is a professor of biology at Ithaca College and an expert on biological adhesives. He combines biochemistry and mechanics to analyze the structure and function of unusual, high-performance glues produced by snails and slugs. He has shown how the basic components of dilute, lubricating gels can be used to form tough, adhesive glues. This work forms the basis of a biomimetic approach to the design of new synthetic glues. Dr. Smith is editor of the book Biological Adhesives, 2nd edition.

Coltivare | 235 S Cayuga St | FREE

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