Now, polymer scientist Ali Dhinojwala of the University of Akron and his colleagues have shown how to create a densely packed carpet of carbon nanotubes that functions like an artificial gecko foot--but with 200 times the gecko foot's gripping power. Potential applications include dry adhesives for microelectronics, information technology, robotics, space and many other fields.
The group's work was funded by the National Science Foundation, and is reported in a recent issue of the journal Chemical Communications.
For more information, see the University of Akron news release.
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