Introduction Adhesion Enhancement and Reduction in Biological Surfaces

  • Stanislav Gorb


There are numerous publications on cell adhesion 5phenomena, but only few references devoted to the non-specific adhesion of living organisms (Nachtigall, 1974; Gorb, 2001; Scherge and Gorb, 2001; Smith and Callow, 2006). Even less information is published on anti-adhesive surfaces in biology. Because of the structural and chemical complexity of biological surfaces related to adhesion, exact working mechanisms have been clarified only for some systems. The present volume is a continuation of Volume 1: Functional Surfaces in Biology: Small Structures with Big Effects. In the present volume, we collected two sets of papers showing biological surfaces and systems specialised for adhesion enhancement (Chapters 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20) and adhesion reduction (Chapters 21, 22, and 23). These contributions discuss adhesive and non-adhesive functions of biological surfaces and their relationship with the structure.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Zoological Institute of the University of KielKielGermany

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