Gecko-inspired adhesives for microfluidics

A Chemistry World by Cesar Palmero

Scientists from Canada report an affordable manufacturing advance in microfluidics with a dry adhesive system that demonstrates strong, self-healing and reversible bonding.

This new adhesive technology will make complex microfluidic patterns much simpler to assemble,’ says Ali Dhinojwala, from the University of Akron, US, who is also interested in mimicking the sticking power of geckos. ‘By incorporating mushroom-shape tips in the fabrication of the device, they demonstrate reversible seals with larger burst pressures than PDMS-based devices.’

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Gecko gaskets for self-sealing and high-strength reversible bonding of microfluidics
A. Wasay and D. Sameoto
Lab Chip
, 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5LC00342C

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