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We aim to build robotic matter consisting of thousands or millions of microscale components, so-called “synthetic cells”, that form objects that can autonomously change their shape and material properties.
Realising this objective requires combining four sub-objectives:
- Synthesis of the synthetic cells
- Thermoreversible bonding of the synthetic cells
- Magnetic orientation of synthetic cells with anisotropic properties to program the overall material properties emerging from the resulting cell conglomerate
- Transporting synthetic cell material throughout the object to program the overall material shape
WP1 Synthesis and thermoreversible bonding results:
Investigating the thermoreversible bonding of microparticles.
WP2 Magnetic material programming results:
Investigating integration of small magnets in every cell, and the material property programming by magnetically rotating the anisotropic cells prior to fixation.
WP3 Shape programming results:
Introducing shape programming of solid objects based on the local fluidisation of the object, followed by transport of the fluidised substance through the object by an internal pumping mechanism.