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Dirk-Michael Drotlef, Lukas Stepien, Michael Kappl, W. Jon P. Barnes, Hans-Jürgen Butt and Aránzazu del Campo Insights into the Adhesive Mechanisms of Tree Frogs using Artificial Mimics Advanced Functional Materials 23

Article first published online: 9 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201202024

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Studies in artificial tree-frog mimics show the benefits of the surface design (topography and hydrophilicity) for adhesion and friction under wet conditions. Capillary and direct-contact forces can be combined in patterned surfaces to enhance adhesion and friction performance in the presence of fluid films. Design rules for a new generation of artificial “wet” adhesives are presented.

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