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STTR Phase I: Biologically Inspired Polymer Fiber Adhesives as Enhanced…

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National Science Foundation
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2009 / STTR
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nanoGriptech, Inc.
91 43rd St., Suite 200 Pittsburgh, PA 15201-3109
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: Yes
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: STTR Phase I: Biologically Inspired Polymer Fiber Adhesives as Enhanced Gripping Materials
Agency: NSF
Contract: 0930610
Award Amount: $150,000.00


This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5). This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I project proposes biologically inspired polymer fibrillar adhesives as new gripping materials for ultragrip sports glove and other potential gripping and repeatable adhesive applications. Geckos and insects have the gripping ability to attach thousands of times to widely varying surfaces without significant degradation, even in the presence of contamination and moisture, using millions of micro and nanoscale fibers on their feet. Today's repeatable adhesives foul quickly under these conditions, which leads to limited lifetime and constrains the scenarios in which they can be used. In this study, models will be developed to understand the interaction mechanics of fibrillar adhesives, and gripping materials based on bioinspired polymer fibers optimized for sports glove applications will be designed and demonstrated. The broader impacts of this research are the production of wide range of potential commercial products using these bioinspired gripping and adhesive materials and improved technical understanding on design of fibrillar adhesives for specific applications. Repeatable adhesives that leave no residue have a very broad market and commercial potential. In particular, as an advanced goal, if adhesion to skin tissues is achieved, this technology would have a strong impact in the medical industry. In the near term, these adhesives will be integrated into sports gloves to provide increased grip to a football surface. The scientific and technical understanding gained from this project will improve the design of fibrillar adhesives, and identify challenges for designing adhesives for specific application scenarios.

Principal Investigator:

Burak Aksak

Business Contact:

Burak Aksak
Small Business Information at Submission:

nanoGriptech LLC
5520 Raleigh Street Pittsburgh, PA 15217

EIN/Tax ID: 264017726
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Carnegie-Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 1295
Contact: Burak Aksak
Contact Phone: (412) 268-3632
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university