Andrew Gillies

Author: andrew

Car-camping Breakfast Burritos

Makes 4 small-med burritos 3 small white potatoes 1/2 onion 1/2 green pepper knob of sharp cheddar few spoonfuls salsa 1/4-1/3 ib chorizo 6 eggs 4 tortilla few tablespoons of oil hot sauce fresh diced tomato (optional) sour cream (optional) Works best with 2 burner coleman stove, cast iron pan and a pot, and 1

Hard vs Soft Fibrillar Self-Cleaning

My paper on the self-cleaning of gecko adhesives was published in Applied Materials and Interfaces. We reported that for certain particle sizes and fiber diameters, both hard (polypropylene) and soft (PDMS) fibrillar adhesives recover adhesive capabilities to different degrees. An analysis of the contact strength between fibers, particles and substrates reveals that dry self-cleaning is

Cover of Advanced Functional Materials released

My paper on magnetically actuated ridges for particle capture and release was featured on the cover of Advanced Functional Materials. I generated the cover image using solidworks and a post rendering process.

Yosemite in April

After getting some better beta on our plans to climb the E couloir of Split Mtn, we decided to bail. Luckily I was able to find some partners and head up to Yosemite Valley for some climbing – not such a terrible substitute. I managed to get in about a dozen routes, climbing at church

Magnetically Actuated Ridges

My recent work on magnetically actuating an array of microridges has been published in Advanced Functional Materials. We have shown that by controlling the angle of the 325 micron long array elements, we can controllably adhere to a range of particle sizes. Here is a link to the article: