Bio-inspired Structured Adhesives

Biological Prototypes, Fabrication, Tribological Properties, Contact Mechanics, and Novel Concepts

  • Lars Heepe
  • Longjian Xue
  • Stanislav N. Gorb

Part of the Biologically-Inspired Systems book series (BISY, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Peter H. Niewiarowski, Alyssa Y. Stark, Ali Dhinojwala
    Pages 1-19
  3. Elena V. Gorb, Matt W. England, Tomoya Sato, Makoto Yagihashi, Atsushi Hozumi, Stanislav N. Gorb
    Pages 33-46
  4. Lars Heepe, Dennis S. Petersen, Lisa Tölle, Jonas O. Wolff, Stanislav N. Gorb
    Pages 47-61
  5. Lars Heepe, Saverio Raguseo, Stanislav N. Gorb
    Pages 95-106
  6. Valentin L. Popov, Alexander E. Filippov, Stanislav N. Gorb
    Pages 141-177
  7. Feodor M. Borodich, Ovidiu Savencu
    Pages 179-219
  8. Giuseppe Carbone, Elena Pierro
    Pages 245-276
  9. Serdar Gorumlu, Burak Aksak
    Pages 277-290
  10. Dadhichi Paretkar, Pooja Malhotra, C.-Y. Hui, Anand Jagota
    Pages 291-301
  11. Thị Chinh Ngo, Radostina Kalinova, Rosica Mincheva, Audrey Beaussart, Elise Hennebert, Patrick Flammang et al.
    Pages 303-343
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 345-348

About this book


This book deals with the adhesion, friction and contact mechanics of living organisms. Further, it presents the remarkable adhesive abilities of the living organisms which inspired the design of novel micro- and nanostructured adhesives that can be used in various applications, such as climbing robots, reusable tapes, and biomedical bandages. The technologies for both the synthesis and construction of bio-inspired adhesive micro- and nanostructures, as well as their performance, are discussed in detail.

Representatives of several animal groups, such as insects, spiders, tree frogs, and lizards, are able to walk on (and therefore attach to) tilted, vertical surfaces, and even ceilings in different environments. Studies have demonstrated that their highly specialized micro- and nanostructures, in combination with particular surface chemistries, are responsible for this impressive and reversible adhesion. These structures can maximize the formation of large effective contact areas on surfaces of varying roughness and chemical composition under different environmental conditions.


bio-inspired structures bio-inspired adhesives friction in biological attachment systems adhesion testing contact mechanics adhesive systems viscoelasticity in bio-inspired adhesives friction of elastomeric films switchable adhesion

Editors and affiliations

  • Lars Heepe
    • 1
  • Longjian Xue
    • 2
  • Stanislav N. Gorb
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Functional Morphology & Biomechanics, Zoological InstituteKiel UniversityKielGermany
  2. 2.School of Power and Mechanical EngineeringWuhan UniversityWuhanChina
  3. 3.Department of Functionnal Morphology & Biomechanics, Zoological InstituteKiel University,KielGermany

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