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  1. #1 Looking for a Material 
    Forum Freshman IAlexN's Avatar
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    Hi,

    I'm currently working on a project and require some help. In short I need to find a material that will stick to leather, but not human skin. This might seem a bit strange, but it would be really helpful if someone could give me a suggestion.

    By the way, it doesn't have to exist; it could be theoretically, but still somewhat plausible to produce in the real world.

    (I'm not sure whether I'd post it in the Biology or Chemistry section; please feel free to move my topic).

    Thank you in advance,


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    I don't think you've got a lot of chance at finding a material like this, leather and human skin are chemically very similar.

    You could try looking at the chemicals that are used to treat leather, though?


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    May one ask why you would like such a material, or is that too inquisitive?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thyristor
    May one ask why you would like such a material, or is that too inquisitive?
    Yes, you may do so.

    Basically it's for a design project in Technology, a theoretical invention, that is I don't have to construct it, and one may build inventions with technology that today would not be possible . Essentially, one would place the invention in the shoes, to absorb the force applied to them, when walking and then generate electricity from it. This electricity would then wirelessly be transmitted to one's mp3 player or iPod to charge it.

    It's just theoretically, but I still think it's an interesting idea.

    Therefore, (in short) the object absorbing the force and converting it to electricity has to be "anchored" to the shoe, but not stick the one's feet.

    Furthermore, would it be more plausible if one would instead of focusing on the human skin, ask if it would be more plausible given the fact that the object has to stay anchored to the shoe, but not stick to socks (cotton socks).

    Again, it only has to be theoretical; (in my case) not even close to what's possible to produce or develop in real life.

    Thanks
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    Why not choose a material that attaches to leather, and then apply another material, that does not attach to human skin, on this material.
    However, are you sure that you're looking for a material that attaches to leather? After all, most shoes have some sort of cloth attached to the leather on the inside. Furthermore, far from all shoes are made in leather.
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    since it's theoretical, use the theoretical stuff that sticks to leather but not skin.this is really a weird question.
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