Gecko tape-research to drive you up the wall

Andre Geim, Sarah Thomas Cleevely

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    Abstract

    Scientists at the University of Manchester developed gecko tape that mimics the surface of gecko feet and imparts adhesion. Geckos impart dry adhesion through one billion tiny hairs on the soles of their feet in the form of microscopic intermolecular forces. Individual hairs of varying heights, diameters and periodicity were microfabricated using electron-beam lithography and dry etching in oxygen plasma. It is suggested that as no glue is involved, in principle the tape could be used in dirty environments and still maintain its stickiness.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)25-26
    Number of pages1
    JournalMaterials World
    Volume11
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003

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