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Title: Bioinspired mechanically interlocking structures
Authors: Zhu, Ming
Zhang, Feilong
Chen, Xiaodong
Keywords: Engineering::Materials::Functional materials
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Zhu, M., Zhang, F. & Chen, X. (2020). Bioinspired mechanically interlocking structures. Small Structures, 1(3), 2000045-.
Journal: Small Structures
Abstract: Mechanically interlocking structures at various interfaces in nature have been observed for a long time, and their underlying interacting mechanisms have been deeply investigated. Through material and structural engineering, bioinspired interlocking structures were exploited to gain desirable functionalities with specific interfacial properties, aiming for practical applications in modern electronics. Herein, these bioinspired interlocks are summarized and classified into static and regulable categories according to their engineered functionalities. Static interlocks enhance the interfacial strength, while regulable interlocks further facilitate tunable and reversible attachment or stimuli–responsive ability. Various biomimetic interlocking structures with desirable features offered by static and regulable interlocks show great potential in the application scope of skin‐interfaced electronics, bioinspired adhesives, and stretchable electronic skins. Nevertheless, further exploration and thorough comprehension of mechanisms of natural interlocks are required to utilize each unique interlocking structure for a specific application scenario. With the advancement in materials engineering, functionality‐oriented interlocking structures will be developed toward practical applications in integrated healthcare electronics.
ISSN: 2688-4062
DOI: 10.1002/sstr.202000045
Rights: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Zhu, M., Zhang, F. & Chen, X. (2020). Bioinspired mechanically interlocking structures. Small Structures, 1(3), 2000045-., which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
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