Stretchable, Adhesion-Tunable Dry Adhesive by Surface Wrinkling

Hoon Eui Jeong, Moon Kyu Kwak, Kahp Y. Suh

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We introduce a simple yet robust method of fabricating a stretchable, adhesion-tunable dry adhesive by combining replica molding and surface wrinkling. By utilizing a thin, wrinkled polydimethyl siloxane (PDMS) sheet with a thickness of 1 mm with built-in micropillars, active, dynamic control of normal and shear adhesion was achieved. Relatively strong normal (∼10.8 N/cm2) and shear adhesion (∼14.7 N/cm2) forces could be obtained for a fully extended (strained) PDMS sheet (prestrain of∼3%), whereas the forces could be rapidly reduced to nearly zero once the prestrain was released (prestrain of ∼0.5%). Moreover, durability tests demonstrated that the adhesion strength in both the normal and shear directions was maintained over more than 100 cycles of attachment and detachment. © 2010 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2223-2226
Number of pages4
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 16 2010
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): KUK-FI-037-02
Acknowledgements: This work was supported by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) program (no. KUK-FI-037-02), the Korea Science & Engineering Foundation through the Nano R&D Program (grant 200702605),and the WCU (World Class University) program through the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (R31-2008-000-10083-0)
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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