SURF

Zizhou Zhao

Gecko-inspired Bandage

Most tapes in use today, are composed of a viscoelastic polymer spread on a plastic backing film, which often cause inflammation and damage, especially for infants and the elderly with sensitive skin. As an alternative technology to adhesive tape, synthetic gecko adhesives inspired by the adhesive foot-pads of geckos can be used to solve this problem. These new tapes attach to a surface with a dense array of micro- and nano-scale hair that maximizes the van der Waals interaction.

Message to Sponsor

It is a great honor for me to participate in SURF this summer. SURF is a great program helping undergraduate researchers grow and gain the necessary skills for the future career. It solves my financial problems so I can focus only on my research project the whole summer. More importantly, I will meet other brilliant researchers as well as my mentor to share the experience. I really want to thank the SURF committee and the Rose Hills Foundation for providing me with this fantastic opportunity. I will do my best to conduct excellent research as a SURFer.
  • Major: Chemical Engineering
  • Sponsor: SURF Rose Hills fellow
  • Mentor: Roya Maboudian, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering