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New study on switchable adhesion published

Friday, 7 September 2012

Progress in adhesion technology over the last few decades has led to widespread replacement of mechanical fasteners with adhesive bonds. Despite the advances, it remains challenging to produce materials that are sticky on demand.

Marleen Kamperman and Alla Synytska from Wageningen University, The Netherlands published an article where they highlight recent efforts to develop reversibly switchable adhesives, that exhibit the ability to trigger adhesion in response to an environmental change – for example, pH, solvent, temperature, mechanics, and electro/magnetic field. They review two initially separate design principles to induce switchable adhesion: (1) chemical functionality and (2) topography. Combining both approaches may lead to novel hierarchical adhesives with interesting property profiles. The article has been published Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2012, 22, 19390-19401.

Switchable adhesion is still a challenge

Switchable adhesion is still a challenge

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