February 16, 2021

Design and Creation of Biomimetic, Soft Robotic Gripping Mechanisms with a Focus on Tarsal Structures

Julian Winand - Tarsal chains of insects are unique grasping and locomotion devices that require very little actuation to perform their function, in some cases...
March 10, 2020

Influence of the Structural Elements and Material Gradients on the Interaction of Contact Pairs

Mohsen Jafarpour - What are the crucial parameters in the contact of different parts? In this project we aim to (I) study the strategies used for interlocking, joining, or interacting of surfaces with different properties, (II) investigate the influence of material distribution and ...
January 12, 2019

Bioinspired Functional Surfaces for Pick-and-Drop Devices Controlled by Light

Emre Kizilkan - The main aim of this project is to develop smart adhesive surfaces, with dynamic properties that are controlled by light. These light responsive adhesives can display macroscopic functions through e.g. sunlight and enable applications like light-driven robots and photocontrollable pick-and drop structures instead of high energy consuming devices. Our strategy involves ...