Highly potent glue containing substance made by considering gecko feet’s adhesive forces; Research

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Researchers have developed glue that is capable of holding 318 kg of weight on a smooth wall.

This research has been done by a team of polymer scientists and a biologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has been published online findings in the journal of Advanced Materials.

[hana-code-insert name=’StumbleUpon’ /][hana-code-insert name=’Reddit’ /] They have done this after studying the adhesive forces in the feet of gecko that can hold 4 kg on the wall without slipping. Researchers have examined that the adhesive forces of gecko are of high-capacity, dry nature and reversible.

Researchers have named the material as “Geckskin” that can hold 700 pounds or 318 kg of weight on a smooth wall.

“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.” said Alfred J. Crosby from Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and one of the authors in this study.

Researchers have reported that despite of its highly potent sticking ability, the material can be released with negligible effort and can be used many times with no loss of effectiveness. They have reported that it can be used to adhere a 42 inch television on the wall and after a little power’s release; it can be stuck to another surface without leaving any residue.

Reference:

Michael D. Bartlett, Andrew B. Croll, Daniel R. King, Beth M. Paret, Duncan J. Irschick, Alfred J. Crosby, (2012). Looking Beyond Fibrillar Features to Scale Gecko-Like Adhesion. Advanced Materials, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201104191

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