Cephalopod-Inspired Miniaturized Suction Cups for Smart Medical Skin

Moon Kee Choi, Ok Kyu Park, Changsoon Choi, Shutao Qiao, Roozbeh Ghaffari, Jaemin Kim, Dong Jun Lee, Myungbin Kim, Wonji Hyun, Seok Joo Kim, Hye Jin Hwang, Seung Hae Kwon, Taeghwan Hyeon, Nanshu Lu, Dae Hyeong Kim*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Biomimetic miniaturized suction cups (mSCs) are designed for the patient friendly, dry adhesives of smart medical skin. Both strong van der Waals force and induced negative pressure by the ultrasoft mSCs facilitate tight skin coupling without discomfort or irritations, improve sensitivities of the embedded stretchable electronics for continuous vital sign monitoring, and enable multiple drug reloading without loss of the adhesion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-87
Number of pages8
JournalAdvanced Healthcare Materials
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Biomimetics
  • Dry adhesives
  • Epidermal electronics
  • Suction cups
  • Transdermal delivery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Pharmaceutical Science


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