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A d h e si ve Ta p e M i n d s a t Wo r k 29 Duncan Irschick was formerly a professor at Tulane University before joining the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is an expert in the field of animal movement, sometimes known as animal athletics. He has worked with species ranging from humans and rodents to reptiles and amphibians. Alfred Crosby led the development of Geckskin. Crosby is a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University in 2000.

Kellar Autumn worked closely with Robert Full on the original breakthrough research of gecko adhesion. Today, he is a professor of biology at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He has continued his research into gecko adhesives and discovered that their setae are the only selfcleaning adhesives known in the natural world. He has also discovered that geckos use only about a third of the energy that other legged animals require in order to move about. As a result of his studies, Autumn has designed and patented the first “gecko glue,” which may transform the adhesives industry worldwide.

Developing a material known as graphene. Graphene is incredibly thin, but it is one of the strongest and hardest materials in the world. Geim’s work with graphene earned him the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics. Kellar Autumn worked closely with Robert Full on the original breakthrough research of gecko adhesion. Today, he is a professor of biology at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He has continued his research into gecko adhesives and discovered that their setae are the only selfcleaning adhesives known in the natural world.

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