Evidence for van der Waals adhesion in gecko setae.

@article{Autumn2002EvidenceFV,
  title={Evidence for van der Waals adhesion in gecko setae.},
  author={Kellar Autumn and Metin Sitti and Yiching A. Liang and Anne M. Peattie and Wendy R Hansen and Simon Sponberg and Thomas W. Kenny and Ronald S. Fearing and Jacob N Israelachvili and Robert J. Full},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2002},
  volume={99 19},
  pages={12252-6}
}
Geckos have evolved one of the most versatile and effective adhesives known. The mechanism of dry adhesion in the millions of setae on the toes of geckos has been the focus of scientific study for over a century. We provide the first direct experimental evidence for dry adhesion of gecko setae by van der Waals forces, and reject the use of mechanisms relying on high surface polarity, including capillary adhesion. The toes of live Tokay geckos were highly hydrophobic, and adhered equally well to… CONTINUE READING
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