The gecko lizard has the remarkable ability to
    grip to any surface, repeatedly, under wet, dry,
    or dirty conditions. Its sticking power comes
    from millions of microscopic dry hairs on its
    feet, each with a mushroom-shaped tip that
    makes contact with the surface, and adheres to it.
    At nanoGriptech, We are engineering synthetic
    materials which duplicate the gecko's amazing
    abilities. These angled tips, about 40 microns in
    diameter, provide the same controlled sticking
    power as a gecko's toes.
    As we scale our manufacturing toward mass
    production, we carefully evaluate all materials
    in our laboratory. This 2 square inch microfiber
    sample can support 25 lbs in shear.
    (11.6 psi, 80 kPa).

Welcome to nanoGriptech

nanoGriptech was spun off from research conducted at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh which is focused on understanding and duplicating, using synthetic polymer materials, the amazing controllable sticking, high friction, highly directional, and tactile qualities of gecko feet. nanoGriptech’s R&D team is working to optimize and mass produce these advanced micro/nano-materials for a wide range of consumer applications.


Featured Job Openings

1. C-level search underway


2. Postdoctoral Engineer


Find out more about the above positions on our careers page.

November 7, 2012

In the news

nanoGriptech was featured in a BBC news article describing emerging biologically-inspired adhesive technologies.

August 28, 2012

PTC Nomination

nanoGriptech was nominated by the Pittsburgh Technology Council as a finalist for the 2012 Innovator of the Year.