Mussels’ Mighty Grip Inspires Dopamine-Based Glue

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 18, 2007   View Article

The uncanny stickiness of mussels has inspired a brainy new approach to creating a universal adhesive coating, researchers say.

Mussels secrete a complex cocktail of proteins to latch on to just about any surface, explained study co-author Phillip Messersmith, a biomedical engineer at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Frog Inspired Tape Reusable, Doesn’t Lose Grip

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: October 11, 2007   View Article

The toe pads of tree frogs and crickets have inspired a new supersticky—yet reusable—adhesive, scientists report.

The material is the latest example of a boom in adhesives that take their cues from nature’s greatest clingers: frogs, lizards, and insects.

Gecko, Mussel Powers Combined in New Sticky Adhesive

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: July 18, 2007   View Article

Give your tape some real “mussel”!

So might go the ad campaign for “geckel”—a next-generation adhesive inspired by the legendary stickiness of geckos and mollusks—if the product is successfully brought to market.

Will “Gecko Tape” Let Humans Climb Walls?

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 2, 2003   View Article

Humans may someday be able to scuttle up walls, scamper across ceilings, and scurry out windows with the agility of a startled gecko in the tropical night—thanks to a new adhesive tape that mimics the lizard’s sticky feet.

“Geckoman is less than science fiction these days,” said Andre Geim, a physicist at the University of Manchester, England, who is part of a team that overcame considerable engineering challenges to produce the first synthetic “gecko tape.”

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