Wet and dry adhesion properties of self-selective nanowire connectors

Hyunhyub Ko, Zhenxing Zhang, Yu Lun Chueh, Johnny C. Ho, Jongho Lee, Ronald S. Fearing, Ali Javey

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Here, the wet and dry adhesion properties of hybrid Ce/parylene nanowire (NW) connectors are examined. The ability of the NW connectors to bind strongly even under lubricating conditions, such as mineral oil, sheds light on the dominant role of van der Waals interactions in the observed adhesion. The superhydrophobic surface of the NW connectors enables the wet, self cleaning of contaminant particles from the surface, similar to the lotus effect. In addition, the effect of NW length on the shear adhesion strength, repeated usability, and robustness of the connectors, all critical properties for applications that require reversible binding of components, is examined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3098-3102
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - Oct 9 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • General Materials Science
  • Electrochemistry
  • Biomaterials


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