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"Increasing the Scale and Decreasing the Cost of Making a Catechol-Containing Adhesive Polymer"
Alexandre Lancelot, Amelia A. Putnam-Neeb, S. Lee Huntington, Jennifer M. Garcia-Rodriguez, Nevin Naren, Cindy L. Atencio-Martinez, and Jonathan J. Wilker*
Macromolecules 2023, Volume 56, Issue 3, pages 1141-1153
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"Effect of Cross-Linkers on Mussel- and Elastin-Inspired Adhesives on Physiological Substrates"
Sydney Hollingshead, Jessica E. Torres, Jonathan J. Wilker*, and Julie C. Liu*
ACS Applied Bio Materials 2022, Volume 5, Issue 2, pages 630–641
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"Tunable Tannic Acid–Zein Adhesives for Bonding Different Substrates"
Gudrun Schmidt*, Kylie H. Smith, Logan J. Miles, Carissa K. Gettelfinger, Jana A. Hawthorne, Erin C. Fruzyna, Jonathan J. Wilker*
Advanced Sustainable Systems 2022, page 2100392
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"Rare metal, precious adhesion"
Jonathan J. Wilker*
Science 2021, Volume 374, Issue 6564, pages 148-150
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"Cytocompatibility of a mussel-inspired poly(lactic acid)-based adhesive"
Sydney Hollingshead, Heather Siebert, Jonathan J. Wilker*, Julie C. Liu*
Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A 2021, pages 1–9
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"Changing polymer catechol content to generate adhesives for high versus low energy surfaces"
Amelia A. Putnam and Jonathan J. Wilker*
Soft Matter 2021, Volume 17, pages 1999-2009
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"Influences of Phosphates on the Adhesion of a Catechol-Containing Polymer"
Taylor A. Jones and Jonathan J. Wilker*
ACS Applied Polymer Materials 2020, Volume 2, Issue 11, pages 4632-4639
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"Surface hydration for antifouling and bio-adhesion"
Chelsey A. Del Grosso, Chuan Leng, Kexin Zhang, Hsiang-Chieh Hung, Shaoyi Jiang*, Zhan Chen* and  Jonathan J. Wilker*
Chemical Science 2020, Volume 11, page 10367
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"Availability of Environmental Iron Influences the Performance of Biological Adhesives Produced by Blue Mussels"
Natalie A. Hamada, Christopher Gilpin, Jonathan J. Wilker*
Environmental Science & Technology 2020, Volume 54, Issue 16, pages 10254–10260
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"Weak Bonds in a Biomimetic Adhesive Enhance Toughness and Performance"
Michael G. Mazzotta, Amelia A. Putnam, Michael A. North, Jonathan J. Wilker*
Journal of the American Chemical Society 2020, Volume 142, Issue 10, pages 4762-4768
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"Strong Adhesives from Corn Protein and Tannic Acid"
Gudrun Schmidt*, Jessyca T. Woods, Lawrence X.-B. Fung, Christopher J. Gilpin, Bruce R. Hamaker, Jonathan J. Wilker*
Advanced Sustainable Systems, 2019, 1900077.
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"Deriving Commercial Level Adhesive Performance from a Bio-Based Mussel Mimetic Polymer"
Heather Siebert, Jonathan J. Wilker*
ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2019, Volume 7, Issue 15, pages 13315-13323.
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"Silk-Like Protein with Persistent Radicals Identified in Oyster Adhesive by Solid-State NMR"
Keith J. Fritzsching, Pu Duan, Erik M. Alberts, Andrés M. Tibabuzo Perdomo, Paul Kenny, Jonathan J. Wilker*, Klaus Schmidt-Rohr*
ACS Applied Bio Materials, 2019, Volume 2, Issue 7, pages 2840-2852.
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"Improving the molecular weight and synthesis of a renewable biomimetic adhesive polymer"
Heather M. Siebert, Jonathan J. Wilker*
European Polymer Journal2019, Volume 113, pages 321-327. 
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"Cooking Chemistry Transforms Proteins into High-Strength Adhesives"
Jessica K. Román, Jonathan J. Wilker*
Journal of the American Chemical Society2019, Volume 141, Issue 3, pages 1359-1365. 
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"Disordered Structures in Biology Can Provide Material Properties not Obtained with Precise Hierarchy"
Rebecca A. Metzler, Francois Barthelat, Jonathan J. Wilker*
Advanced Functional Materials, 2018.
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"Critical factors for the bulk adhesion of engineered elastomeric proteins"
M. Jane Brennan, Sydney E. Hollingshead, Jonathan J. Wilker*, Julie C. Liu*
Royal Society Open Science, 2018.
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"Changes in Cementation of Reef Building Oysters Transitioning from Larvae to Adults"
Andrés M. Tibabuzo Perdomo, Erik M. Alberts, Stephen D. Taylor, Debra M. Sherman, Chia-Ping Huang, Jonathan Wilker*
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2018.
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"High Strength Adhesives from Catechol Cross-Linking of Zein Protein and Plant Phenolics"
Gudrun Schmidt, Bruce R. Hamaker, Jonathan Wilker*
Advanced Sustainable Systems2018, Volume 2, Issue 3, 1700159.
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"How to Suck like an Octopus"
Jonathan Wilker*
Nature, 2017, Volume 546, Issue 7658, pages 358-359.
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"Examining Potential Active Tempering of Adhesive Curing by Marine Mussels"
Natalie A. Hamada, Victor A. Roman, Steven M. Howell, Jonathan Wilker*
Biomimetics, 2017, Volume 2, Issue 3, pages 1-11.
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"High Strength Underwater Bonding with Polymer Mimics of Mussel Adhesive Proteins"
Michael North, Chelsey A. Del Grosso, Jonathan Wilker*
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2017, Volume 9, Issue 8, pages 7866-7872.
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"Integrating Mussel Chemistry into a Bio-Based Polymer to Create Degradable Adhesives"
Courtney L. Jenkins, Heather M. Siebert, Jonathan Wilker*
Macromolecules, 2017, Volume 50, Issue 2, pages 561-568.
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"A bioinspired elastin-based protein for a cytocompatible underwater adhesive"
Jane Brennan, Bridget Kilbride, Jonathan Wilker*, Julie Liu
Biomaterials,  2017Volume 124, pages 116-125.
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"Adhesives Inspired by Marine Mussels" 
Courtney L. Jenkins, Heather J. Meredith, Jonathan Wilker*
Biomaterials from Nature for Advanced Devices and Therapies, 2016. (ISBN 9781119178071)
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"Managing Redox Chemistry To Deter Marine Biological Adhesion"
Chelsey A. Del Grosso, Thomas W. McCarthy, Christopher L. Clark, Joshua L. Cloud, Jonathan Wilker*
ACS Chemistry of Materials, 2016, Volume 28, Issue 18, pages 6791-6796
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"Composition and Structure of Oyster Adhesive Reveals Heterogeneous Properties in a Biological Composite"
Rebecca A. Metzler, Rebecca Rist, Erik Alberts, Paul Kenny, Jonathan Wilker*
Advanced Functional Materials2016, Volume 26, Issue 37, pages 6814-6821 
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"Cytocompatibility Studies of a Biomimetic Copolymer with Simplified Structure and High-strength Adhesion"
Jane Brennan, Heather Meredith, Courtney Jenkins, Jonathan Wilker, Julie Liu*
Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A, 2016, Volume 104, Issue 4, pages 983-990
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"Positive Charges and Underwater Adhesion"
Jonathan Wilker*
Science, 2015, Volume 349, Issue 6248, pages 582-583
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"The Interplay of Modulus, Strength and Ductility in Adhesive Design Using Biomimetic Polymer Chemistry"
Heather Meredith and Jonathan Wilker*
Advanced Functional Materials, 2015, Volume 25, Issue 31, pages 5057-5065
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"Structural and Compositional Characterization of the Cement Produced by Reef Building Oysters"
Erik Alberts, Stephen Taylor, Stephanie Edwards, Debra Sherman, Chia-Ping Huang, Paul Kenny, and Jonathan Wilker*
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2015, Volume 7, Issue 16, pages 8533-8538
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"Selective Formation of Metastable Ferrihydrite in the Chiton Tooth"
Lyle Gordon, Jessica Román, R. Michael Everly, Michael Cohen, Jonathan Wilker, Derk Joester*
Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2014, Volume 53, Issue 43, pages 11506-11509
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"Self-Healing Polymers: Sticky When Wet"
Jonathan Wilker*
Nature Materials, 2014, Volume 13, Issue 9, pages 849-850
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"Sum Frequency Generation Vibrational Spectroscopic Studies on Buried Heterogeneous Biointerfaces"
Chi Zang, Joshua Jasensky, Chaun Leng, Chelsey Del Grosso, Gary Smith, Jonathan Wilker, and Zhan Chen*
Optics Letters, 2014, Volume 39, Issue 9, pages 2715-2718
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"Enhancing the Adhesion of a Biomimetic Polymer Yields Performance Rivaling Commercial Glues"
Heather Meredith, Courtney Jenkins, and Jonathan Wilker*
Advanced Functional Materials, 2014, Volume 24, Issue 21, pages 3259-3267
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"Molecular Weight Effects upon the Adhesive Bonding of a Mussel Mimetic Polymer"
Courtney Jenkins, Heather Meredith, and Jonathan Wilker*
ACS Appl. Materials Interfaces, 2013, Volume 5, Issue 11, pages 5091-5096
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"A Review on Tough and Sticky Hydrogels"
Charles Peak, Jonathan Wilker, and Gudrun Schmidt*
Colloid Polymer Sci., 2013, Issue 291, pages 2031-2047
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"Interfacial Structure of a DOPA-Inspired Adhesive Polymer Studied by Sum Frequency Generation Vibrational Spectroscopy"
Chuan Leng, Yuwei Liu, Courtney Jenkins, Heather Meredith, Jonathan Wilker*, and Zhan Chen*
Langmuir, 2013, Volume 29, 6659-6654
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"Combining Biomimetic Principles from the Lotus Leaf and Mussel Adhesive: Polystyrene Films with Superhydrophobic and Adhesive Layers"
Ana Isabel Neto, Heather Meredith, Courtney Jenkins, Jonathan Wilker, and Joao F. F. Mano*
RSC Advances, 2013, Volume 3, 9352-9356
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"Robust and Adhesive Hydrogels from Cross-linked Polyethylene Glycol and Silicate for Biomedical Use"
Chia-Jung Wu, Jonathan J. Wilker, and Gudrun Schmidt*
Macromolecular Bioscience, 2013, Volume 13, pages 59-66.
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"Ambivalent Adhesives: Combining Biomimetic Cross-Linking With Antiadhesive Oligo(ethylene glycol)"
Cristina R. Matos-Peréz and Jonathan J. Wilker*
Macromolecules, 2012, Volume 45, pages 6634-6639.
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"Polymer Composition and Substrate Influences on the Adhesive Bonding of a Biomimetic, Cross-Linking Polymer"
Cristina R. Matos-Peréz, James D. White, and Jonathan J. Wilker*
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2012, Volume 134, pages 9498-9505.
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"Underwater Bonding With Charged Polymer Mimics of Marine Mussel Adhesive Proteins"
James D. White and Jonathan J. Wilker*
Macromolecules, 2011, Volume 44, pages 5085-5088.
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"Biomaterials: Redox and Adhesion on the Rocks"
Jonathan J. Wilker*
Nature Chemical Biology, 2011, Volume 7, Pages 579-580.
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"Biomaterials at the Beach: How Marine Biology Uses Chemistry to Make Materials"
Book Chapter in "Letters to a Young Chemist"
Jonathan J. Wilker*
Edited by Abhik Ghosh
2011 from Wiley Interscience
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“Highly Extensible Bio-Nanocomposite Fibers”
Akhilesh K. Gaharwan, Patrick J. Shexnailder, Avinash Dundigalla, James D. White, Cristina R. Matos-Peréz, Joshua L. Cloud, Soenke Seifert, Jonathan J. Wilker*, Gudrun Schmidt*
Macromolecular Rapid Communications, 2011, Volume 32, Pages 50-47 (Cover Article)
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"Oysters Produce an Organic−Inorganic Adhesive for Intertidal Reef Construction"
Jeremy R. Burkett, Lauren M. Hight, Paul Kenny and Jonathan J. Wilker*
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2010, Volume 132, pages 12531-12533.
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"The Iron-Fortified Adhesive System of Marine Mussels"
Jonathan J. Wilker*
Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2010, Volume 49, Issue 44, pages 8076-8078.
Review Article
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"Piezoelectric Inkjet Printing of Medical Adhesives and Sealants"
Ryan D. Boehm, Shaun D. Gittard, Jaqueline M.H. Byrne, Anand Doraiswamy, Jonathan J. Wilker*, Timothy M. Dunaway, Rene Crombez, Weidian Shen, Yuan-Shin Lee, Roger J. Narayan*
JOM Journal of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, 2010, Volume 62, Issue 7, pages 56-60
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"Metal–Bipyridine Complexes in DNA Backbones and Effects on Thermal Stability"
Mildred M. Rodriguez-Ramos and Jonathan J. Wilker*
Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, 2010, Volume 15, pages 629-639.
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"Solution Speciation, Kinetics, and Observing Reaction Intermediates in the Alkylation of Oxidovanadium Compounds"
Jessica M. Fautch and Jonathan J. Wilker*
Inorganic Chemistry, 2010, Volume 49, pages 4791-4801.
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"Marine Bioinorganic Materials: Mussels Pumping Iron"
Jonathan J. Wilker
Current Opinion in Chemical Biology, 2010, Volume 14, Issue 2, pages 276-283 (Cover article)
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"A Method for Measuring the Adhesion Strength of Marine Mussels"
Jeremy R. Burkett, Jessica L. Wojtas, Joshua L. Cloud, and Jonathan J. Wilker*
Journal of Adhesion, 2009, Volume 85, pages 601 - 615.
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"Thin Films of Polymer Mimics of Cross-Linking Mussel Adhesive Proteins Deposited by Matrix Assisted Laser Evaporation"
Rodica Cristescu*, Tomas Kocourek, Anand Doraiswamy, D. Mihaiescu, Roger Narayan, Ioan Stamatin, Jonathan J. Wilker, Miroslav Jelinek, Ion N. Mihailescu, and Douglas B. Chrisey.
Applied Surface Science, 2009, Volume 255, pages 5496 - 5498.
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"Bulk Adhesive Strength of Recombinant Mussel Adhesive Protein"
Hyung Joon Cha*, Dong Soo Hwang, Seonghye Lim, James D. White, Cristina R. Matos-Perez and Jonathan J. Wilker*
Biofouling, 2009, Volume 25, pages 99 - 107
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"Inkjet Printing of Bioadhesives"
Anand Doraiswamy, Timothy M. Dunaway, Jonathan J. Wilker*, and Roger J. Narayan*
Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, 2009, Volume 89B, pages 28 - 35
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"Oxidovanadium Complexes for the Consumption of Alkylating Toxins"
Jessica M. Fautch, Phillip E. Fanwick, and Jonathan J. Wilker*
European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2009, pages 33 - 37 (Cover article)
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"Thermal Formation of Mixed-Metal Inorganic Complexes at Atmospheric Pressure"
Wen-Ping Peng, Mike P. Goodwin, Hao Chen, Graham Cooks*, and Jonathan J. Wilker
Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 2008, Volume 22, pages 3540-3548.
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"Oxidative Iron Species and Ocean Challenges: a Perspective"
Daniel Rittschof*, Cecilia Bonaventura, Jonathan J. Wilker, and CL Van Dover
Biofouling, 2008, Volume 24, pages 173-175.
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"Chemical and Biochemical Insights on Preventing Cancer with Vanadium and Selenium"
Elizabeth E. Hamilton, Jessica M. Fautch, Sarah M. Gentry, and Jonathan J. Wilker*
American Chemical Society Symposium Book Series
Vanadium: The Versatile Metal
Volume 974, Chapter 21, pages 269-309, published in 2007.
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"Ligand-Based Backbone Modifications for Metal-Chelating Nucleic Acids"
Megan M. Knagge and Jonathan J. Wilker*
Chemical Communications, 2007, pages 3356 - 3358.
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"Simplified Polymer Mimics of Cross-Linking Adhesive Proteins"
Glenn Westwood, Trinity N. Horton, and Jonathan J. Wilker*
Macromolecules, 2007, Volume 40, pages 3960 - 3964.
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"Adhesive Strength and Curing Rate of Marine Mussel Protein Extracts on Porcine Small Intestinal Submucosa (SIS)"
Lal Ninan, Richard L. Stroshine*, Jonathan J. Wilker*, and Riyi Shi*
Acta Biomaterialia, 2007, Volume 3, pages 687 - 694.
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"Synergistic Effects of Metals and Oxidants in the Curing of Marine Mussel Adhesive"
Lauren M. Hight and Jonathan J. Wilker*
Journal of Materials Science, 2007, Volume 42, pages 8934 - 8942.
Special Issue on Biological Hierarchical Nanomaterials
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"EPR Investigation and Spectral Simulations of Iron-Catecholate Complexes and Iron-Peptide Models of Marine Adhesive Cross-Links"
Jaime T. Weisser, Mark J. Nilges, Mary J. Sever, and Jonathan J. Wilker*
Inorganic Chemistry, 2006, Volume 45, pages 7736-7747.
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"Structural Effects of Crosslinking a Biopolymer Hydrogel Derived from Marine Mussel Adhesive Protein"
Elena Loizou, Jaime T. Weisser, Gudrun Schmidt*, and Jonathan J. Wilker*
Macromolecular Bioscience, 2006, Volume 6, pages 711-718. (Cover Article)
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"Alkylation of Inorganic Oxo Compounds and Insights on Preventing DNA Damage"
Elizabeth E. Hamilton and Jonathan J. Wilker*
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2006, Volume 128, pages 3388-3395.
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"Absorption Spectroscopy and Binding Constants for First-Row Transitions Metal Complexes of a DOPA-Containing Peptide"
Mary J. Sever and Jonathan J. Wilker*
Dalton Transactions, 2006, Issue 6, pages 813-822.
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"Inorganic Oxo Compounds React with Alkylating Agents: Implications for DNA Damage"
Elizabeth E. Hamilton and Jonathan J. Wilker*
Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2004, Volume 43, pages 3290-3292.
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"Inhibition of DNA Alkylation Damage with Inorganic Salts"
Elizabeth E. Hamilton and Jonathan J. Wilker*
Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, 2004, Volume 9, pages 894-902.
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"Metal-Mediated Cross-Linking in the Generation of a Marine Mussel Adhesive"
Mary J. Sever, Jaime T. Weisser, Jennifer Monahan, Shalini Srinivasan, and Jonathan J. Wilker*
Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2004, Volume 43, pages 447-450.
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"Cross-Linking the Protein Precursor of Marine Mussel Adhesives: Bulk Measurements and Reagents for Curing"
Jennifer Monahan and Jonathan J. Wilker*
Langmuir, 2004, Volume 20, pages 3724-3729.
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"Visible Absorption Spectra of Metal-Catecholate and Metal-Tironate Complexes"
Mary J. Sever and Jonathan Wilker*
Dalton Transactions, 2004, pages 1061-1072.
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"Rapid Chromatography for Evaluating Adsorption Characteristics of Cellulase Binding Domain Mimetics"
Nathan S. Mosier, Jonathan J. Wilker, and Michael R. Ladisch*
Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 2004, Volume 86, pages 756-764.
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"Specificity of Metal Ion Cross-Linking in Marine Mussel Adhesives"
Jennifer Monahan and Jonathan J. Wilker*
Chemical Communications, 2003, pages 1672-1673.
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"Adhesive Strength of Marine Mussel Extracts on Porcine Skin"
Lal Ninan, Jennifer Monahan, Richard L Stroshine*, Jonathan J Wilker*, and Riyi Shi*
Biomaterials, 2003, Volume 24, pages 4091-4099.
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"The Elusive Vanadate (V3O9)3-: Isolation, Crystal Structure, and Nonaqueous Solution Behavior"
Elizabth E. Hamilton, Philip E. Fanwick, and Jonathan J. Wilker*
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2002, Volume 124, pages 78-82.
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"Synthesis of Peptides Containing DOPA (3,4-Dihydroxyphenylalanine)"
Mary J. Sever and Jonathan J. Wilker*
Tetrahedron, 2001, Volume 57, pages 6139-6146.
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