ACatechol, Inc. is spun-out from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2016, and owns multiples IPs of wet bonding, easy debonding, and anti-fouling technologies and know-how for various practical adhesive and coating applications such as dental, medical, marine and industrial applications.
Catechol is a unique chemical residue existing in biological adhesive proteins.
The extraordinary molecular adhesive strength of catechol moiety has been proven in hundreds and thousands of scientific reports. However, catechol functionality is extremely pH dependent; oxidization of catechol to quinone dominating at pH values above 5.5. This leads to loss of interfacial adhesion. Due to such technical challenge, NO practical wet adhesives/coatings/sealants exist up until ACatechol's innovation.