Researchers at MIT, led by Professor Jeffrey Karp, are looking into the remarkable adhesive properties of Gecko feet in an effort to develop better adhesives for biomedical applications. They’re using an ADMET eXpert 7601 Universal Testing Machine to aid them in better understanding the forces at work.
While there are tissue adhesives available today, none of them can withstand high tensile strength or be applied in a tape or a sheet programmed with a degradation rate that coincides with healing. Gecko based adhesives may give researchers a way around these obstacles. Read more