Temporary glues may not steal headlines, but they can make everyday life easier.
Sticky office notes, bandage strips and painter’s tape are all examples of products that adhere to surfaces but can be removed with relative ease.
There’s only one drawback. To remove any of those adhesives, the glued surfaces need to be pulled apart from each other.
Dartmouth research has discovered a class of molecular materials that can be used to make temporary adhesives that don’t require force for removal. These non-permanent glues won’t be available as home or office supplies, but they can lead to new manufacturing techniques and pharmaceutical design.
“This temporary adhesive works in an entirely different way than other adhesives,” said Katherine