A reversible wet/dry adhesive inspired by mussels and geckos

@article{Lee2007ARW,
  title={A reversible wet/dry adhesive inspired by mussels and geckos},
  author={H. Lee and B. P. Lee and P. Messersmith},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2007},
  volume={448},
  pages={338-341}
}
The adhesive strategy of the gecko relies on foot pads composed of specialized keratinous foot-hairs called setae, which are subdivided into terminal spatulae of approximately 200 nm (ref. 1). Contact between the gecko foot and an opposing surface generates adhesive forces that are sufficient to allow the gecko to cling onto vertical and even inverted surfaces. Although strong, the adhesion is temporary, permitting rapid detachment and reattachment of the gecko foot during locomotion… Expand
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