Hierarchical Gecko-Like Adhesives


  • This project has been funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. Supporting Information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the author. This article is part of a Special Issue on Biomaterials.


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The role of hierarchy in gecko-like adhesive surfaces is presented. Experiments on two-level structured surfaces with micropillars of different dimensions demonstrate that hierarchy does not seem to positively influence adhesion of structured surfaces to planar substrates, but may be relevant when stiff materials or rough substrates come into play, where adaptability of the adhesive structure is required for successful contact.