October 24, 2016 · AMOLF Lecture Room · Michael Dickey (NC State University, Raleigh NC, USA)

Soft, stretchable, and reconfigurable materials for electronics and actuators

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On an apparently normal cube a pattern of hollows and bulges appears when the cube is compressed. Physicists from FOM Institute AMOLF and Leiden University together with colleagues from Tel Aviv University have developed a method to design such three-dimensional structures and to construct these using simple building blocks. This paves the way for the use of ‘machine materials’ in, for example, prostheses and wearable technology. The researchers published their findings on 28 July in an article in Nature.

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