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Thursday July 19, 2007 1:04 pm

Geckos Help Develop New Adhesive

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Misc. Tech, Science

Geico GeckoBack in 2000, research had shown that adhesion from geckos was achieved from forces produced by hair-like structures (setae) on each foot. Now Professor Phillip Messersmith from Northwestern University has come up with a practical usage for the concept. Geckel has the ability to stick to both wet and dry surfaces from coating fibrous silicone (like the reptile’s foot) with a polymer that is likened to the “glue” from muscles. Messersmith envisions his water-resistant application to be used in bandages in place of sutures or patches and says that it can stick and unstick more than 1,000 times. Do you suppose they consulted Geico’s mascot when doing the math?

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