High-strain shape memory polymers as practical dry adhesives

Jeffrey Eisenhaure, Seok Kim

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The adhesive benefits of incorporating shape memory polymers (SMPs) in various dry adhesive designs have been well documented in recent years. Chemically-crosslinked SMPs can possess remarkable shape fixity and recovery ability, chemical and thermal stability, a sharp glass transition, and other desirable qualities. However, low failure strain and a relatively rigid rubbery state limit their performance as a dry adhesive component in many practical applications. This work explores the adhesive benefits of using an epoxy-based SMP which has been modified to possess a softer rubbery state and a greatly increased maximum strain before failure. One of the modified SMPs forms the active adhesive surface of a prototype consumer level device.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-78
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives
StatePublished - Mar 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Polymers and Plastics


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