Paper: Peeling in Biological and Bioinspired Adhesive Systems

Feb 11, 2020 — By Ben Skopic
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Biological adhesives have inspired synthetically manufactured adhesives with novel properties. Peeling-mode failure is critical to understand these systems and achieve optimal performance. The most common models to describe peeling are briefly reviewed, followed by a literature review of all biological adhesive systems in which peeling plays a critical role, including bioinspired synthetic implementations. From this review, two systems emerge as predominantly studied in this context: gecko feet and spider silk adhesives, both of which are discussed in detail. Gecko feet represent a nanostructured adhesive that has been widely studied because of its unique reversible adhesion and self-cleaning properties. Fibrous and permanent spider silk glues used in spider webs and anchors are interesting given their capacity to withstand hurricane winds and catch and store prey.

Our paper has been published in the journal JOM (2018 impact factor: 2.305).


Ben H. Skopic, Hannes C. Schniepp*
“Peeling in Biological and Bioinspired Adhesive Systems”
JOM 72, 1509–1522 (2020)

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DOI: 10.1007/s11837-020-04037-3
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