Human Interactive Materials

Haptics | Soft robotics | Advanced optics | Artificial neurogenesis | Artificial neural-network impulse communications

The Human Interactive Materials research group is embedded within the department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Our research explores the potential of functionalizing the inherent intelligence within materials with interactive capacity, such as in silicones, hydrogels and liquid crystal networks or elastomers. Our specialized materials are capable of communicating information between man and machine or between machines optically or through haptics, displaying great promise for intelligent soft robotic systems. We envision our materials becoming intelligent devices within themselves, with the capacity to sense its environment and adapt desirably to any changes. Looking to the future, we foresee the development of self-learning soft robotics capable of artificial neurogenesis, following nature’s approach to intelligent soft machines.

Mars rover with self-cleaning smart surfaces
Liquid crystal self-regulation
Liquid crystal fingerprints sweat to mimic nature

Latest news

The H.I.M. family bands together to celebrate Mert's big win!
Making history: two yolks in one egg for Mert at the ICMS.
Scientific portraits: a glimpse into the world of liquid crystal research.
Learning by doing: it's never too early!
Inspiring creativity and imagining possibilities with Danqing at the IPM colloquium.
Taking science beyond child's play!
Taking a look into the dynamic world Dongyu Zhang and Jacques Peixoto gave ICMS lecture on label-free optical imaging.
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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