We’ve got Gecko Tape

10 August 2011

If you watched our Research Director, Mark Miodownik, give the 2011 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, you might remember his explanation of why/how geckos manage to climb the walls as they do: This is, of course, due to the hair-like structures (spatulae tipped setae) on each of their toes.

Well...our latest addition to the Materials Library collection - Gecko Tape - uses these same principles to enable what should be the impossible. See the photo below, which demonstrates how well it works.


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Gecko Tape demonstration sees Mark hanging from the cieling:

Photo by Claudia Eulitz


Mark explains how geckos stick to walls during the 2011 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures: