Mechanisms of self-cleaning in fluid-based smooth adhesive pads of insects.


Pressure-sensitive adhesives such as tapes become easily contaminated by dust particles. By contrast, animal adhesive pads are able to self-clean and can be reused millions of times over a lifetime with little reduction in adhesion. However, the detailed mechanisms underlying this ability are still unclear. Here we test in adhesive pads of stick insects… (More)
DOI: 10.1088/1748-3182/7/4/046001


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