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Mechanical properties of Gecko-inspired adhesives

Grant number: 15/14682-1
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2015
Effective date (End): September 30, 2016
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Physics
Principal Investigator:Douglas Soares Galvão
Grantee:Rafael Amatte Bizão
Supervisor abroad: Nicola Maria Pugno
Home Institution: Instituto de Física Gleb Wataghin (IFGW). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : Universitá degli Studi di Trento, Italy  
Associated to the scholarship:13/17468-5 - Design of smart surfaces with tunable wetting behavior, BP.DR


We will investigate the mechanical properties of adhesives inspired in geckos. We will create structural models using molecular dynamics simulations and finite elements for structures mimicking gecko foot properties. These models will be based on carbon nanotubes and graphene nanoribbons. (AU)