Continuous Spatulated Fibrillar Adhesion Array (Technology#: 092005-01)

Description:

A new material has been created by modifying the local geometry of a contacting surface to mimic surfaces found in nature on the feet of geckos and insects. The result is a three-fold enhancement in adhesion against both smooth and slightly rough surfaces. Any industry that uses adhesive joints, including the automotive, aerospace, and semiconductor industries, can benefit from this technology, since it can in principle be used to enhance the adhesion of any material. In addition, this technology can be used to replace traditional tapes and fasteners where better properties are desirable, such as better re-usability and long term stability.

ADVTANTAGES
  • Adhesion is enhanced by a factor of at least 2-3 over a flat control of identical material
  • Surface includes a terminal film, in which surfaces lacking this film has poorer adhesion in comparison to flat controls

APPLICATIONS
  • Adhesive joints
  • Reusable adhesives

STATUS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

A US utility patent application and patent cooperation treaty (PCT) have both been filed.

Anand Jagota's Lehigh Page
Patent Information:
For Information, Contact:
Yatin Karpe
Associate Director
Lehigh University
yak206@lehigh.edu
Inventors:
Nicholas Glassmaker
Manoj Chaudhury
Anand Jagota
Keywords:
Adhesion
Biomimicry
Fibrillar Adhesion
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