The Devil Strip: What's better than tape? Electrostatically-spun fibers, this Akron startup says.

AAI’s recent launch of ShearGrip dry adhesives was featured in The Devil Strip, Akron’s source for local music, art, and culture news, this week. The story was included as part of The Devil Strip’s “Akropreneurs” series, made possible by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and the Fund for Our Economic Future.

The author of the article, Claude Christensen, quoted AAI’s Chief Operating Officer Dr. Kevin White, wearing his Principal Scientist hat:

I have no interest in making stuff just to sell it… But I am interested in bringing something new to the market, a product that changes people’s lives that can fund further research and development. There’s thousands of interesting materials coming out of university labs and not enough commercial application being explored to bring them to the average consumer.
— Dr. Kevin White, AAI Chief Operating Officer and Principal Scientist

Claude also provided a great overview of the value proposition for AAI’s new Pinless brand of products — “I bet you have a lot of photos and posters that never see the light of day. Finding the right frame and the right spot to put a nail in the wall is an undertaking. I’ve resorted to command strips or tape. But when it comes to taking down the artwork, there’s always sticky-tape residue leftover, or it’s impossible to remove the command strip from the photo, or both. I’ve long wished there were a way to do this without all the holes in the wall or the tackiness of tape.”

Read more at The Devil Strip.

About Akron Ascent Innovations:

AAI 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 and geckos.  AAI’s platform approach to dry adhesion can be used for a range of applications, ranging from temporary signage, wall hanging hooks, and picture frame tabs, to automotive assembly, food packaging, and smart clothing.

Helpful Links:

  • Learn more about ShearGrip®, AAI’s revolutionary new bio-inspired dry adhesive, at

  • Consumer products made with ShearGrip® dry adhesive now available at

  • Visit The Devil Strip for the latest in Akron’s music, art, and culture scene

  • Watch The Devil Strip’s Akropreneurs series on Youtube