Gecko-inspired adhesives attach and detach using UV light 19th January 2017

A team of researchers at Kiel University has developed technology that emulates the way a gecko uses its toes to cling to flat surfaces. In their paper published Science Robotics, the team describes their adhesive, how well it works and possible applications. Geckos are famous for their ability to walk up flat surfaces such as glass with little apparent effort—this ability has fascinated scientists for many years, inciting some to attempt to replicate the ability with various sticky-type materials.

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