Introduction to the LMTS
We develop reliable soft stretchable compliant actuators, sensors and transducers. Our research cuts across different miniaturized actuator technologies, with a primary focus on elastomer-based solutions and multi-functional stretchable materials. We are part of the EPFL Institute of Mechanical Engineering.
Our core research areas are:
- Miniaturized polymer actuators and soft transducers for a broad range of applications including soft robotics, dextrous manipulation, microfluidics and tunable optics.
- Wearable Haptic displays for VR/AR applications and for visually impaired users, allowing dynamic graphical information such as maps or virtual 3D shapes to be explored using one’s sense of touch.
- MEMS and Printed Microsystems. (Dr. D. Briand, MER) Environmentally-friendly and sustainable MEMS processes and materials. Flexible, printed electronics and microsystems. Digital and additive manufacturing.
|Our Fiber Pump was published in Science (30 March 2023). Congrats to Mike!|
|Congrats to Giulio for his printed HAXELs that wer published 2-2023 in Advanced Functional Materials|
|With Prof Anne Skov (DTU) and Prof Neel Joshi (Northeastern), Prof Shea was awarded in 6-2022 a 7 M€ funding from the Novo Nordisk Fonden to develop wearable exoskeletons.|
|Bekir’s work on stretchable force sensors published in 8-2022 in Nature Communications!|
Head of Lab: Prof. Herbert Shea, Phone +41 21 693 6663