Biomimetic Ratchets – of snails and snakes

Dec 2003

Researchers from the University of Cambridge in England and Lehigh University have shown that it is possible to make a strip of hydrogel mimic the movements of a snail, inchworm, and snake.

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Biomimetic ratcheting motion of lubricated hydrogel filaments, Mahadevan, L., S. Daniel and M. Chaudhury,  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) , 101, 23-26, 2004. [View PDF] [Download PDF]
Motility driven by macromolecular springs and ratchets, Mahadevan, L. and P. Matsudaira,  Science , 288, 95-99, 2000. [View PDF] [Download PDF]