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Press Release 13-062

Not Slippery When Wet: Geckos Adhere to Surfaces Submerged Underwater

University of Akron study may help inform future bio-inspired gecko-like adhesives

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A tokay gecko (Gekko gecko) sits on a wet surface prior to adhesion tests.

A tokay gecko (Gekko gecko) sits on a wet surface prior to adhesion tests. Geckos were pulled horizontally using a small pelvic harness (blue ribbon) attached to a motorized force sensor where the maximum force a gecko could cling was measured.

Credit: Ethan Knapp and Alyssa Stark, The University of Akron


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A tokay gecko (Gekko gecko) clings to leaf stem wet with water droplets.

A tokay gecko (Gekko gecko) clings to leaf stem wet with water droplets.

Credit: Alyssa Stark, The University of Akron


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