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Issue 25, 2020

Nature inspired solid–liquid phase amphibious adhesive

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Abstract

Here we report a new class of bio-inspired solid–liquid adhesive, obtained by simple mechanical dispersion of PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) (solid spheres) into PDMS (polydimethylsiloxane) (liquid). The adhesive behavior arises from strong solid–liquid interactions. This is a chemical reaction free adhesive (no curing time) that can be repeatedly used and is capable of instantaneously joining a large number of diverse materials (metals, ceramic, and polymer) in air and underwater. The current work is a significant advance in the development of amphibious multifunctional adhesives and presents potential applications in a range of sealing applications, including medical ones.

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Submitted
17 Jan 2020
Accepted
22 Mar 2020
First published
23 Mar 2020

Soft Matter, 2020,16, 5854-5860
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Nature inspired solid–liquid phase amphibious adhesive

A. C. Chipara, G. Brunetto, S. Ozden, H. Haspel, P. Kumbhakar, Á. Kukovecz, Z. Kónya, R. Vajtai, M. Chipara, D. S. Galvao, C. S. Tiwary and P. M. Ajayan, Soft Matter, 2020, 16, 5854 DOI: 10.1039/D0SM00105H

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