Internship: Adhesive Microstructures from Additive Micro-Manufacturing

Tree frogs have impressive skills of sticking to all kind of substrates, even in wet or flooded circumstances. These adhesive properties origin from specific micrometer-sized pillars and grooves on the treefrog toepads. Mimicking these microstructures in artificial adhesives requires advanced fabrication methods, of which stereolithographic 3d-printing can be one option.

This internship contains the configuration of a stereolithographic instrument, which is subsequently used for the fabrication of artificial adhesive microstructures. Adhesive design and characterization are also an important part of the project, which will be carried out at TNO in Eindhoven.

Contact: Peter van Assenbergh, s.p.vanassenbergh@tudelft.nl