Programmable Chemomechanical Materials
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.