Geckskin™ Does Some Heavy Lifting!

Published on:
Jun 19, 2012

For years, biologist have been amazed by the power of gecko feet, which allow these 5-ounce lizards to produce an adhesive force roughly equivalent to carrying nine pounds up a wall without slipping. Now, a team of polymer scientists and a biologist at UMass Amherst have discovered exactly how the gecko does it, leading them to invent Geckskin™, a device that can hold 700 pounds on a smooth wall. Learn more at