AAI Presenting at Regional Microscopy Conference

Dr. Kevin White, the Principal Scientist and Chief Operating Officer at Akron Ascent Innovations, has been invited to speak at the 63rd Annual May Meeting Conference of the Microscopy Society of Northeastern Ohio (MSNO). The event will be held at John Carroll University on May 22, 2019. It features oral and poster presentations from students and professionals focusing on a wide variety of topics surrounding the fields of microscopy, spectroscopy, and analytical chemistry. Along with MSNO, the event is presented by the Cleveland Section of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS), the Akron Council of Engineering and Scientific Societies (ACESS), the Cleveland Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the American Vacuum Society (AVS).

“We are excited to present at this conference because it lets emphasize the strong connection between performance and structure for our dry adhesives,” said Dr. White. “Ugly pictures mean ugly performance for us. If there are droplets, you break the surface area and lose performance. If the fibers are too thick, you’ve lost surface area and conformability. If the fibers are melted are dissolved, you’ve lost the ability to engage with a surface. These features are great evidence that what we are doing is unique, and it gives us some very quick and tactile feedback to predict structure.”

White received undergraduate degrees from Southwestern University and Texas A&M University in physical science and industrial engineering, respectively, and received a Ph.D from Texas A&M University in mechanical engineering for research in rheology of nanoparticle suspensions. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow for the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (WPI-I2CNER) at Kyushu University for two years before joining AAI in 2015. This year, White spearheaded the launch of ShearGrip, an adhesive technology platform developed by AAI. He will be speaking about the development of electrospun nanofiber dry adhesive fabrication from the lab to the production stage with a focus on the challenges involved in the control and characterization of ShearGrip dry adhesive structure at a commercial scale.

The Microscopy Society of Northeastern Ohio is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of techniques and applications of microscopy and microanalysis across all scientific disciplines. One of the main facets of the organization is to provide a source for discovery and dissemination of information at the cutting edge of nanoscience and nanotechnology as well as uncovering the secrets of the biological sciences.


About the Microscopy Society of Northeastern Ohio

MSNO is a group of professionals and students whose common bond is an interest in the field of microscopy. Society members are associated with local universities, research hospitals and commercial industry and represent a diverse set of disciplines in the biological and physical sciences. For more information visit www.msneo.org.


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

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