Akron Ascent is prominently featured in a new article by Simon Montlake on the revitalization of the rust belt through technology innovation.
"Inside a clear plastic box the size of a rabbit hutch, a 12-inch drum turns slowly on its axis. At each turn the drum is coated with polymer threads, 100 times as thin as a human hair, fired from a needle-and-syringe electrospinner, just as Spider-Man shoots his webs. It takes 20 minutes to produce an adhesive film.
What exactly that film – which mimics the feet of the wall-scaling gecko – could do, and in which industries, is still being determined. But the promise of a dry adhesive – a binding material that uses no glue and can be applied and removed as needed, like invisible thumbtacks – has sparked commercial interest in Akron Ascent Innovations (AAI), the start-up that runs this lab in a refurbished red-brick tire factory."
Read more at CSMonitor.com: "Can the Rust Belt become the 'Brain Belt'?"
About AAI: Akron Ascent Innovations is a start-up company based in Akron, OH that has developed a revolutionary new type of ultra-low tack, removable adhesives material made from nanofibers. This new class of materials is able to achieve a strong, but easily removable, bond between surfaces through nanoscale interactions. This approach to adhesion was inspired by nature and is widely used in the animal kingdom, including beetles, geckos, and spider webs. AAI’s platform approach to dry adhesion can be used for a range of applications. The generation of products for interior home and office applications is now available at ShearGrip.com, with broader applications in signage, hanging , mounting, assembly, packaging, and apparel markets to come.
Learn more about ShearGrip®, AAI’s revolutionary new bio-inspired dry adhesive, at ShearGrip.com.
Consumer products made with ShearGrip® dry adhesive now available at ThePinless.com.