PAPER: A Tough Reversible Biomimetic Transparent Adhesive Tape with Pressure-Sensitive and Wet-Cleaning Properties.

 

PUBLICATION: ACS Nano.

 

AUTHORS: Li, M., Li, W., Guan, Q., Dai, X., Lv, J., Xia, Z., Ong, W-J., Saiz, E., Hou, X.

 

A new pressure-responsive polyurethane (PU) adhesive inspired by octopuses could be used for wound patches, medical electrodes and tissue adhesives.

 

Adhesive structures in nature include the feet of geckos, spiders and octopus suckers.

 

Some artificial dry adhesives form a stronger bond than that found in nature but their durability and reusability are limited.  

 

This paper discusses a pressure-responsive PU adhesive inspired by the octopus sucker that is biomimetic, transparent, non-toxic, and recyclable.

 

The adhesion strength is effectively maintained even after 100 bonding–peeling cycles and does not leave glue residue behind.

 

Its adhesion is far stronger than that of most reported artificial dry adhesives and it can adhere to a variety of solid surfaces including copper, polyethylene, tin foil, steel, wood, magnets, glass, ceramics, acrylic, SLA resin, rubber gloves, plastics and biological tissues. 

 

The adhesive tape can stretch or contract so when a limb moves or stretches, the PU adhesive firmly adheres to the skin instead of slipping or falling off.

 

It is non-toxic making it potentially useful in applications such as medical electrodes and joint connections of wearable devices.

 

Its strong adhesion combines two different mechanisms, the negative pressure effect inspired by the octopus sucker and the various intermolecular forces between the adhesive and the solid surfaces.

 

A contaminated PU adhesive recovers 90 to 95 per cent of its lost adhesion strength after being rinsed with water. 

 

These properties create opportunities for the use of the PU adhesive in a wide variety of fields, including wound patches, medical electrodes, tissue adhesives, and portable devices.

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