Nano Structure For Adhesion, Friction And Conduction

Tech ID: 16921 / UC Case 2000-046-0


Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have applied the principles of intermolecular attractive forces to develop nano-structures with extraordinary adhesive properties. These biomimetically inspired nano-structures can stick to wet, dry, rough or smooth surfaces, and can be peeled-off and re-used; they are also self-cleaning, leave no residue, and are bio-compatible. The original research was published in Nature (2000.405:681-5) and PNAS (2002.99:12252-6).

The University has filed US and international patent applications that broadly cover this inventive concept as well as its manufacturing methods and end-user applications.


Applications for these nano-structures are vast -- covering virtually all adhesive and fastening markets, with the potential to create new applications.


Sticks to wet, dry, rough and smooth surfaces
Peels-off, leaves no residue, and is re-usable

Patent Status

Country Type Number Dated Case
United States Of America Issued Patent 8,815,385 08/26/2014 2000-046


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