Adhesive Tape of the Future!

August 20, 2016

 

Gluing things back together can be a problem right? The glue is messy to use, isn't reusable and very often the end result isn't satisfactory. This can be frustrating, especially if the #broken item is expensive or has great #sentimental value. The "Holy Grail" of the adhesive #industry is a #powerful solution that can be easily applied and removed without leaving any residue.

 

#Nature has an animal which has no difficulty in adhering to any type of #surface - the #gecko. For many years, scientists have been #studying ways to synthetically replicate this ability. In 2003, the #adhesive properties of geckos were replicated for the first time by #Nobel Prize winner Andre Geim and his team. They successfully created a synthetic tape that mimics the microscopic hairs present at gecko's toes but they failed to manufacture it at a large scale.

 

Now, researchers from the #University of #Massachusetts Amherst further developed this idea and created a new adhesive tape so strong that a portion of it can stick 700 pounds to a wall, it can be easily peeled off leaving no marks and be reused thousands of times! They are calling it the Geckskin and promise to bring it to market very soon.

 

What I find really fascinating about this product is that it involved a true interaction between #Biology and the #Engineering field. #Nature still has a lot to teach us!

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