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Temperature-induced switchable adhesion using nickel-titanium-polydimethylsiloxane hybrid surfaces

  • A switchable dry adhesive based on a nickel–titanium (NiTi) shape-memory alloy with an adhesive silicone rubber surface has been developed. Although several studies investigate micropatterned, bioinspired adhesive surfaces, very few focus on reversible adhesion. The system here is based on the indentation-induced two-way shape-memory effect in NiTi alloys. NiTi is trained by mechanical deformation through indentation and grinding to elicit a temperature-induced switchable topography with protrusions at high temperature and a flat surface at low temperature. The trained surfaces are coated with either a smooth or a patterned adhesive polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) layer, resulting in a temperature-induced switchable surface, used for dry adhesion. Adhesion tests show that the temperature-induced topographical change of the NiTi influences the adhesive performance of the hybrid system. For samples with a smooth PDMS layer the transition from flat to structured state reduces adhesion by 56%, and for samples with a micropatterned PDMS layer adhesion is switchable by nearly 100%. Both hybrid systems reveal strong reversibility related to the NiTi martensitic phase transformation, allowing repeated switching between an adhesive and a nonadhesive state. These effects have been discussed in terms of reversible changes in contact area and varying tilt angles of the pillars with respect to the substrate surface.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Mareike Frensemeier, Jessica S. Kaiser, Carl P. Frick, Andreas S. Schneider, Eduard ArztORCiD, Ray S. Fertig III, Elmar KronerORCiD
Parent Title (English):Advanced Functional Materials
First Page:3013
Last Page:3021
Year of first Publication:2015
Date of final exam:2015/04/08
Release Date:2022/11/18
Tag:adhesion; bioinspired; nickel-titanium; shape-memory
Impact:11.382 (2015)
Funding Information:European Research Council. Grant Number: 340929 / National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award. Grant Number: DMR-1255603 / University of Wyoming International Travel Grant
Groups:Funktionelle Mikrostrukturen
Open Access:Open Access
Signature:INM 2015/041
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-NC-ND - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell - Keine Bearbeitungen 4.0 International