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A study of the adhesive foot of the gecko



Elmar Kroner, Chelsea S. Davis


In recent years, hundreds of scientific studies have been published regarding gecko-inspired adhesives. The primary reason for this increasing interest lies in the unique properties which are combined in the adhesive system of the gecko: this natural system can quickly and repeatedly adhere to different surface chemistry and roughness without the use of adhesion-mediating fluid. While these properties seem to be inconspicuous at first, there is no commercial system currently available which successfully combines all of these properties and competes with its natural role model. Although it seems that gecko adhesion research is a relatively young branch of science, this recently rediscovered work presents some very old studies with quite remarkable findings. Unfortunately, Dr. Weitlaner published his paper in German, making it almost impossible for today's international community of bio-inspired adhesion researchers to enjoy and appreciate this early gem of scientific work. The translated paper is provided.
Journal of Adhesion


adhesion, bio-inspired, gecko, surface


Kroner, E. and Davis, C. (2014), A study of the adhesive foot of the gecko, Journal of Adhesion, [online],, (Accessed June 16, 2024)


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Created November 13, 2014, Updated October 12, 2021