Smart Materials towards Soft Robotic Functions

My research is embedded in the research group of stimuli-responsive functional materials and devices (SFD) at Eindhoven University of Technology.

My research encompasses the development of new responsive materials like silicones, hydrogels and liquid crystal polymers, structured on (sub-)micrometer length scales and adapting triggered pre-set deformations, leading to e.g. complex folding or unfolding (origami), self-propulsion (locomotion) or localized topographical changes of the surfaces (smart skins). Built-in sensing functions, either intrinsically by the materials itself or by integrated optical, electrical or chemical functions, is an important aspect translating mechanical response to real robotic functions.