Programmable Chemomechanical Materials

Project Personnel

Seth Fraden

Principal Investigator

Brandeis University

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Klaus Schmidt-Rohr

Brandeis University

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Michael Hagan

Brandeis University

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Bing Xu

Brandeis University

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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.