Yiğit Mengüç, Sang Yoon Yang, Seok Kim, John A. Rogers and Metin Sitti Bioinspired Materials: Gecko-Inspired Controllable Adhesive Structures Applied to Micromanipulation (Adv. Funct. Mater. 6/2012) Advanced Functional Materials 22
The stickiness of a gecko's foot comes from tiny hair-like structures that attach and detach when rubbed along a surface. As reported on page 1246, Metin Sitti and co-workers take inspiration from the structures and control of the gecko's foot to create arrays of angled elastomeric microposts. A single micropost is isolated and through pressing and dragging it is used to pick-and-place microscale parts. Photographs of the gecko and its foot courtesy of Dr. Michael P. Murphy, Copyright 2010.
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