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From Gecko Physics to Smart Adhesives, Climbing Robots, and Future Superheros

Date: 7:30pm PDT February 20 PST Location: Smith Memorial Union 236, PSU

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Smith Memorial Union 236, PSU

Nature’s best climbers, geckos use millions of adhesive nano-hairs to defy gravity. Kellar Autumn’s research has revealed the mechanisms underlying gecko adhesion, and has led to the development of “smart” adhesive nanostructures and climbing robots.
Kellar Autumn is a Professor of Biology at Lewis & Clark College. His research focuses on the mechanisms and evolution of animal locomotion, and on developing biologically inspired materials and machines. He is best known for discovering how geckos stick to walls and for inventing the adhesive nanostructure. Prof. Autumn has authored over 60 papers, and Thompson/ISI lists him as a highly cited author in the field of Materials Science and Engineering. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Special Creativity Award. His research is featured textbooks, encyclopedias, and popular books including The Nanotech Pioneers: Where Are They Taking Us? Every major television network has covered his work, as have hundreds of newspaper, magazine, and internet articles worldwide. He appeared recently on the NOVA television show, Making Stuff Smarter.
Parking free after 7 p.m. in Structures 1 and 2 
TriMet access via MAX Green and Yellow Lines and Portland Streetcar
The lecture is free and open to the public.