Company Profile


Encouraged by the results of nearly a decade of academic research in understanding and synthesizing biologically-inspired adhesives, Dr. Metin Sitti, a professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, founded and spun out nanoGriptech from the university in 2009. Inspired by the amazing climbing ability of geckos and insects due to their micro- and nanoscale foot-hairs, nanoGriptech aims to develop and mass-produce repeatable polymer micro/nano- fibrillar adhesives for a wide range of product applications. nanoGriptech has in-house research and development facilities to design, prototype, and evaluate different materials to meet our customers’ needs from our central Pittsburgh location, ten minutes away from Carnegie Mellon’s main campus.


Our in-house facilities include a chemistry lab, prototyping space, computer workstation for numerical simulations, and a microscopy suite which includes force measurement equipment for rapid, precise material characterization. Additional research facilities including a Class 10/100 cleanroom, scanning electron microscopy suite, rapid prototyping, and CNC machining are available free of charge or at cost through Carnegie Mellon University.


nanoGriptech’s core knowledge is in adhesion science and biologically-inspired adhesives, and we are world leaders in this field. Additionally, we have expertise in:

  • Polymer science

  • Mechanical engineering

  • Biomedical engineering

  • Robotics

  • Plastics engineering and processing

  • Micro/nano-manufacturing

  • Industrial design


Dr. Metin Sitti

Dr. Metin Sitti is the Founder of nanoGriptech. He is also a tenured Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his BS (1992) and MS (1994) degrees in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bogazici University in Turkey, his PhD in 1999 from the University of Tokyo, and conducted postdoctoral research from 1999-2002 at the University of California, Berkeley, where he developed the first synthetic gecko foot-hair adhesive. His research group continued this line of study at Carnegie Mellon University, where he co-authored over 30 peer reviewed journal publications in this field and developed the technology that nanoGriptech’s adhesives are based upon.

Dr. Sitti's Research Group at Carnegie Mellon University