Biomimetic Earwax May Have Potential as Filter or Adhesive for Use in Robotics

Published by , January 9, 2017 8:45 am

(TribuneIndia) Earwax may have potential as a high-tech filter or adhesive for use in robotics and other fields, scientists say. Alexis Noel from Georgia Institute of Technology in the US realised that this strange bodily fluid could potentially be a template for developing adhesives for applied usage in technology. She found that earwax is a non-Newtonian, shear-thinning fluid, which means is that when left alone, it is very thick and sticky (earwax is as viscous as molasses), but when a force is applied to it, it flows more quickly.
The filtering properties of earwax have piqued Noel’s interest for practical applications. One potential is to create some sort of biomimetic earwax adhesive surface that can be used in a ventilation system for robotics or for other kinds of machinery.

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