Soft Materials for Soft Actuation
We have developed a unique self-contained, electrically-driven, soft, robust composite material-actuator that combines the elastic properties of a polymeric matrix and the extreme volume change accompanying liquid–vapor transition. The material combines a high strain (up to 900%) and correspondingly high stress (up to 1.3 MPa) with low density (0.84 g cm−3). Along with its extremely low cost (about 3 cents per gram), simplicity of fabrication, ability to be 3D-Printed, environment-friendliness, these properties could enable new kinds of electrically driven entirely soft robots. The research was published in Nature Communications.
Predicting soft actuation behavior using Machine Learning
A long short-term memory (LSTM) neural network model was successfully implemented to predict the actuation force exerted in a uniform multi-cyclic actuation experiment.
3D-printing (and cover!)
Our work on 3D-printing of Silicone Composites has made it to the "3D-Printing and Additive Manufacturing" cover!
The paper: 3D-Printing and Additive Manufacturing, 6(6), pp. 309-318, 2019;
Kirigami design of conductive fabric heater
See how kirigami design turns a non-stretchable fabric into a stretchable conductive heater: our paper was just published!
Actuators 2019, 8(1), 9; https://doi.org/10.3390/act8010009 - January 21, 2019
Our work won the Best Student Paper Award at RoboSoft 2018 in Livorno!!!
Now we can REJUVENATE the soft actuator!
MRS Communications paper on rejuvenation of soft material-actuator was published - February 21, 2018
We linked our material's composition, microstructure, properties and performance!
Materials & Design paper on characterization of our composite material-actuator was published- February 14, 2018
First All-Soft Material-Actuator!
Our joint work with Prof. Kramer's lab (Yale University) has been accepted for publication in the Proceedings of IEEE Soft Robotics Conference RoboSoft 2018 (to be published on April 28, 2018)
Nature Communications paper was published!!!
The paper is in the TOP 1% of all papers in Nature Communications, and in the TOP 5% of all manuscripts, scored by Altrmetric! September 17, 2017
CUNY.TV has aired a Science&U! episode with
Aslan Miriyev and Hod Lipson! January 2018
Watch Aslan Miriyev's talk at the Columbia Tech Ventures "Frontiers in Robotics" event! October 2017