Programmable Chemomechanical Materials

Project Personnel

Seth Fraden

Principal Investigator

Email: [email protected]

Klaus Schmidt-Rohr

Michael Hagan

Bing Xu

Funding Divisions

Division of Materials Research (DMR), Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET)

Overview. The long term goal of DMREF: Programmable Chemomechanical Materials was to create artificial neural tissue coupled to synthetic musculature to create chemically-fueled automonous soft robots. 


Summary. The research was divided into two thrusts that were worked on simultaneously: the dynamics of networks of chemical oscillators and the chemomechanics of gels. The research involved physicists, chemists and engineers using the methods of theory, computation and experiment.