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Mechanically Switchable Elastomeric Microfibrillar Adhesive Surfaces for Transfer Printing

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Original languageEnglish
Article number1300159
JournalAdvanced Materials Interfaces
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2014
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


A new mechanically switchable topographical adhesive surface for transfer printing is reported. The surface consists of a thin non-adhesive mesh and pillars, coated with a dry microfibrillar adhesive, extending through the holes in the mesh. The switching is achieved by retracting the pillars. 2000-to-1 switching ratios and examples of part transfer applications are shown.


  • adhesive interfaces, biomimetics, elastomers, hierarchical structures, microstructures