Current and past students
Current Ph.D. Students
Deformable cell culture systems for the study of mechanotransduction mechanisms. More information on the cell stretching project
Haptic displays based on shape memory polymers. More information on the BlindPAD project
Use of additive manufacturing techniques for the fabrication of Dielectric Elastomer Actuators.
Current Ph.D. Students (not official co-direction)
High Voltage thin-film transistors to drive dielectric elastomer actuators
Ultrathin membranes and electrodes to reduce the driving voltage of dielectric elastomer actuators
Past Ph.D. Students
Dr. Samin Akbari (now at MIT, Cambridge)
Arrays of dielectric elastomer microactuators for cell mechanotransduction
. Samin received her Ph.D. on June 6 2013.
Dr. Luc Maffli (now at Preciflex SA, Neuchâtel)
Fluidically-coupled dielectric elastomer actuator structures for tunable optics and microfluidics
. Luc received his Ph.D. on October 22 2014.
More information on soft tunable optics
More information on zipping actuation for microfluidics
Past Master Students and engineers
(2015): Multifunction high voltage power supply for dielectric elastomer actuators.
(2015): Labview Interface for a SÜSS spin coater.
(2015): Measurement setup to characterize the degradation of dielectric elastomer actuators.
(2014): Measurement setup to characterize the degradation of compliant electrodes when submitted to stretch.
(2013): Local stiffening of soft elastomer membranes for anisotropic actuation.
(2007): Biologically inspired micro-drill for future planetary exploration.