Microfluidic adhesion induced by subsurface microstructures.

@article{Majumder2007MicrofluidicAI,
  title={Microfluidic adhesion induced by subsurface microstructures.},
  author={Abhijit Majumder and Animangsu Ghatak and Ashutosh Sharma},
  journal={Science},
  year={2007},
  volume={318 5848},
  pages={258-61}
}
Natural adhesives in the feet of different arthropods and vertebrates show strong adhesion as well as excellent reusability. Whereas the hierarchical structures on the surface are known to have a substantial effect on adhesion, the role of subsurface structures such as the network of microchannels has not been studied. Inspired by these bioadhesives, we generated elastomeric layers with embedded air- or oil-filled microchannels. These adhesives showed remarkable enhancement of adhesion… CONTINUE READING

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