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Setex Technologies Inc: Dry Adhesive Technology


nanoGriptech®, a spin out of Carnegie Mellon University, is the first commercial manufacturer of dry adhesive technology providing micro-fibrillar polymer based dry adhesives and surfaces for a wide range of product applications. Its gecko-inspired Setex® products address challenges current adhesives, gripping materials and fasteners can’t. nanoGriptech’s technology enables visionary product designers to implement creative, first-to-market designs and solve tough, costly manufacturing problems.

Its expertise has been developed over the years. Encouraged by the results of nearly a decade of academic research in understanding and synthesizing biologically inspired adhesives, Dr. Metin Sitti, a professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, founded and spun out nanoGriptech from the University in 2012. Since then, nanoGriptech’s team of subject matter experts has secured multiple research awards from numerous organizations, including the National Science Foundation, NASA, U.S. Department of Defense, Innovation Works, Idea Foundry, Thiel Foundation and the PA NanoMaterials Commercialization Center. nanoGriptech patterns a surface (which can be a polymer film, fabric or other moldable material) to create an array of fibrillar structures with mushroom shaped tips, each one having a diameter measured in microns. Using dry intermolecular forces rather than wet chemical adhesion, the tips’ surfaces have adhesion strength tunable from near-zero up to several hundred kPa and can survive for more than 5,000 uses because the adhesion is physical, not chemical.

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA


Prof. Dr. Metin Sitti

Founder & President

Nicholas Kuhn