1121 Budapest, Konkoly Thege út 29-33, tel.: 392-2212
Development of microscale devices and robots is a multidisciplinary theme that links different fields of research, such as biology, materials science, instrumentation and control, and artificial intelligence. During the last decade, this theme of research has played a significant role in the understanding, development and application of microscale medical devices and robots. In this regard, the structural materials that can be scaled down by various microfabrication techniques and integrate sensing, actuating and powering tasks in constructs with less number of components are highly desired. In this seminar, I will show the importance of soft stimuli responsive and shape programmable materials in the design and fabrication of microscale robots and devices. I will introduce a class of soft materials with the shape change programmability that can be remotely stimulated by a variety of cues, such as heat, light, electrical and magnetic fields, at different scales. I will also present opportunities to create novel solutions or augment existing capabilities of microscale robotic systems with an emphasis on their future biomedical applications.