Emre Kizilkan, Natalie Katsonis (University of Twente), Stanislav N. Gorb
The main aim of this project is to develop smart adhesive surfaces, with dynamic properties that are controlled by light. These light responsive adhesives can display macroscopic functions through e.g. sunlight and enable applications like light-driven robots and photocontrollable pick-and drop structures instead of high energy consuming devices. Our strategy involves the re-engineering of physical principles that have been optimized in nature, by using contemporary techniques (photolithography & 3D printing) and materials (liquid crystal elastomers).
Beside that, by chemical (e.g. plasma treatment) and geometrical modifications (e.g. nano/microstructuring) of the present bioinspired surfaces, We aim to develop functional surfaces with better adhesive performance.