Microstructured shape memory polymer surfaces with reversible dry adhesion

Jeffrey D. Eisenhaure, Tao Xie, Stephen Varghese, Seok Kim

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We present a shape memory polymer (SMP) surface with repeatable, very strong (>18 atm), and extremely reversible (strong to weak adhesion ratio of >1 × 104) dry adhesion to a glass substrate. This was achieved by exploiting bulk material properties of SMP and surface microstructuring. Its exceptional dry adhesive performance is attributed to the SMP's rigidity change in response to temperature and its capabilities of temporary shape locking and permanent shape recovery, which when combined with a microtip surface design enables time-independent control of contact area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7714-7717
Number of pages4
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 28 2013


  • dry adhesives
  • reversible adhesion
  • shape memory polymer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science


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