Human Interactive Materials

My research is embedded in the department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology.

My research encompasses the development of new communicating materials like silicones, hydrogels and liquid crystal elastomers for soft robotic functions. Those materials are capable to communicate by transmitting information between man and machine or between machines mutually. We foresee that we can make materials that can feel, sense and behave. As a long-term perspective one can foresee the development of evolutionary self-learning soft robotics following nature’s approach to intelligent soft machines.

Latest news

Prof. Dick Broer on NPO1 interview for our newly developed artificial skin 
Our research - artificial skin sweats on demand - is published in Angewandte Chemie VIP (top 5% paper) 
Congratulations to Mert Orhan Astam on completing his Master's degree with cum laude! On 20-10-2021, he attended the graduation ceremony at Imperial College in London.
Prof. Dick Broer shows synchronized swinging of plastic films
Coupled liquid crystalline oscillators in Huygens' synchrony
Nature highlights our research 
An artificial skin oozes ‘sweat’ through tiny pores 
een wondverband met een aan-uitknop dat eerst het ene medicijn vrijgeeft, dan wondvocht opneemt en dan het volgende medicijn loslaat. Met een nieuw materiaal kan dat straks. En er zijn meer indrukwekkende toepassingen mogelijk: zwetende robots bijvoorbeeld, machines die zichzelf inoliën of misschien ramen die zichzelf wassen. 

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