Elastomer surfaces with directionally dependent adhesion strength and their use in transfer printing with continuous roll-to-roll applications

Sang Yoon Yang, Andrew Carlson, Huanyu Cheng, Qingmin Yu, Numair Ahmed, Jian Wu, Seok Kim, Metin Sitti, Placid M. Ferreira, Yonggang Huang, John A. Rogers*

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In this paper we present mechanics and materials aspects of elastomeric stamps that have angled features of relief on their surfaces, designed to enable control of adhesion strength by peeling direction, in a way that can be exploited in schemes for deterministic assembly by transfer printing. Detailed mechanics models capture the essential physics of interface adhesion in this system. Experiments with cylindrical stamps that have this design demonstrate their potential for use in a continuous, roller mode of operation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2117-2122
Number of pages6
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number16
StatePublished - Apr 24 2012



  • angled relief structure
  • cylindrical stamp
  • direction-dependent adhesion
  • transfer printing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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