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February 16, 2012 – Comments (9)

This is actually much *much* cooler than Gorilla Glue and will have lots of useful (and likely patentable / investable) implications.

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Gecko Feet Inspire Amazing Glue That Can Hold 700 Pounds On Smooth Wall
ScienceDaily (Feb. 16, 2012)

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120216165500.htm

ScienceDaily (Feb. 16, 2012) — For years, biologists have been amazed by the power of gecko feet, which let these 5-ounce lizards produce an adhesive force roughly equivalent to carrying nine pounds up a wall without slipping. Now, a team of polymer scientists and a biologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have discovered exactly how the gecko does it, leading them to invent "Geckskin," a device that can hold 700 pounds on a smooth wall.

Doctoral candidate Michael Bartlett in Alfred Crosby's polymer science and engineering lab at UMass Amherst is the lead author of their article describing the discovery in the current online issue of Advanced Materials. The group includes biologist Duncan Irschick, a functional morphologist who has studied the gecko's climbing and clinging abilities for over 20 years. Geckos are equally at home on vertical, slanted, even backward-tilting surfaces.

"Amazingly, gecko feet can be applied and disengaged with ease, and with no sticky residue remaining on the surface," Irschick says. These properties, high-capacity, reversibility and dry adhesion offer a tantalizing possibility for synthetic materials that can easily attach and detach heavy everyday objects such as televisions or computers to walls, as well as medical and industrial applications, among others, he and Crosby say.

This combination of properties at these scales has never been achieved before, the authors point out. Crosby says, "Our Geckskin device is about 16 inches square, about the size of an index card, and can hold a maximum force of about 700 pounds while adhering to a smooth surface such as glass."

Beyond its impressive sticking ability, the device can be released with negligible effort and reused many times with no loss of effectiveness. For example, it can be used to stick a 42-inch television to a wall, released with a gentle tug and restuck to another surface as many times as needed, leaving no residue.

9 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On February 16, 2012 at 7:06 PM, Teacherman1 (28.84) wrote:

Binve.

Fascinating post as usual.

Seems like a perfect match for 3M.

I would love to glue my TV to the wall. That way the dog would not keep blocking the "clicker".

Maybe it would be easier to glue the dog to the wall:).

Just kidding for all you pet lovers out there.

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#2) On February 16, 2012 at 7:09 PM, Teacherman1 (28.84) wrote:

Binve.

Fascinating post as usual.

Seems like a perfect match for 3M.

I would love to glue my TV to the wall. That way the dog would not keep blocking the "clicker".

Maybe it would be easier to glue the dog to the wall:).

Just kidding for all you pet lovers out there.

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#3) On February 16, 2012 at 10:41 PM, ETFsRule (99.92) wrote:

Real men (and women) use Loctite:

Impressive video footage demonstrating Loctite® Cyanoacrylate Adhesive breaking the Guinness World Record after lifting a car weighing more than five tons with just nine drops of adhesive.

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#4) On February 17, 2012 at 12:33 AM, Option1307 (30.12) wrote:

+1 really cool stuff!

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#5) On February 17, 2012 at 9:06 AM, binve (< 20) wrote:

Teacherman1,

Thanks! Yeah this is so cool, place objects anywhere

... including dogs :)

ETFsRule ,

Yes, I am a big fan of Loctite too. I use the cyanoacrylate to bond strain gauges to test equipment. But different glue, different application :)

Option1307,

Thanks!..

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#6) On February 17, 2012 at 9:54 AM, lemoneater (71.35) wrote:

Neat! I forwarded the article on to my husband and his dad.

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#7) On February 17, 2012 at 11:52 AM, drgroup (69.07) wrote:

Amazing... but what is realty amazing is that it took a research team of egg-heads form u mass 20 years to become aware of what every 6 year old kid with a pet gecko knew after placing it on a mirror and turning the mirror upside down. Keep the grant and research money flowing in order to post articles exposing the obvious...

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#8) On February 17, 2012 at 12:28 PM, binve (< 20) wrote:

lemoneater ,

Glad you liked it!.

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#9) On February 17, 2012 at 3:52 PM, lemoneater (71.35) wrote:

Robert Louis Stevenson said something like. The world is full of so many wonderful things. We all should be as happy as kings.

I couldn't agree more! What an amazing world God created.

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