MIT mathematician Pedro Reis demonstrates the delamination that occurs when a surface is compressed: The tape detaches from the surface and forms blisters of uniform size and spacing (Credit: Donna Coveney)
This sign on the door of an MIT laboratory inspired researcher Pedro Reis to investigate the physics behind the delamination of adhesives such as tape. (Credit: Donna Coveney)
Wrinkling, blisters and delamination on stickers applied to curved or bendable surfaces are usually an annoyance, but examining this phenomena has led researchers to a new, powerful approach to fabricating stretchable electronics that could pave the way to the production of components with very high mechanical resistance.
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