Organic Mechatronics & Smart Materials Laboratory
Active Research Programs
3D Printing Technologies for the Fabrication of Nanoscale Actuator Arrays
Current Research Activities
Enhanced performance of 3D electroactive polymer transducers via hierarchical structures
PhD Candidate Ben Holness is aiming to bridge the gap between the micro- and nanoscales through the additive manufacturing of 3D hierarchical electroactive polymer structures to improve transducer performance.
Biodegradable polymer-hemp composites for cosmetics packaging
Undergraduate Research Associate Louise Furie is developing and characterizing a new class of rapidly decomposing biodegradable polymer biocomposites for environemntally friendly consumer-goods packaging.
3D Printed Polypyrrole Scaffolds for pH Induced Drug Delivery
MESc Candidate Matthew Lawrence is currently employing Digital Light Projection printing methods to create smart-scaffolds that can be used in the human body where a localized pH change will cause the dopant drug to be released.
Development of Hierarchical Polypyrrole Microstructures for Improved pH-Induced Drug Delivery
MESc Candidate Iryna Liubchak is exploring the application of new blends of electroactive polymers and hydrogel biomaterials to facilitate drug delivery in osteoarthritis therapies.
Carbon Nanotube – Polypyrrole Composites for Electroactive 3D Structures
Mitacs Globalink Research Internship participant Gerardo Patiño incorporates functionalized carbon nanotubes to uv curable polypyrrole hybrid resins in order to produce high resolution electroactive 3D structures with enhanced properties.
Smart-material based tremor suppression
PhD Candidate Parisa Daemi is exploring control strategies for smart-material based tremor suppression for patients afflicted with Parkinson's Disease.
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