Alfred Crosby, polymer science

Professor of polymer science

Phone: (413) 577-1313


Alfred Crosby is a materials scientist and engineer interested in the mechanics of soft materials and biological systems. Crosby is the leader of the initial project that developed Geckskin™, a super-sticky adhesive modeled after gecko feet.

In addition to Geckskin™, Crosby leads a research group focused on learning and using lessons from nature to understand and design materials. His research on adhesion, wrinkling, cavitation and nanoparticle assemblies has garnered international acclaim and numerous honors and awards. He has published more than 100 papers, has delivered well over 100 invited and plenary lectures, and has been highlighted extensively in the popular media. He holds several patents for the technologies that have evolved from his group’s research.