Research Activities at LMTS

The EPFL-LMTS develops:

  • Elastomer-based actuators and sensors
  • Wearable Haptics and Haptic displays
  • MEMS and Printed Microsystems


1. Miniaturized Elastomer Actuators

We are widely recognized for our innovative fabrication techniques and elegant applications of Dielectric Elastomer Actuators (DEAs) and zipping elastomer-based transducers.
Our focus is on complex soft machines and soft robots.

2. Wearable Haptic Displays

finger with feel-through haptic deviceWe develop arrays of low-power flexible actuators for tactile and haptic displays for VR, AR and to allow blind and visually-impaired users to access dynamic graphical information.

3. MEMS and Printed Microsystems (Dr. Briand)

3.1 Soft sensors and labels

We develop flexible sensors on cellulosic and polymeric substrates for a variety of applications, such as smart packaging, environmental and health monitoring, IoT, wearables and implants.  Physical, chemical and biological sensors have been demonstrated and integrated into single or multi-sensing systems incorporating microfluidic, electronic, and wireless functionalities, among others.

3.2 Additive and digital manufacturing of smart objects

We research on additive manufacturing processes with a reduced environmental impact addressing ink formulation, their printing and curing/sintering. Digital 2D printing (i.e. inkjet) and 3D printing (i.e. DIW) enable the customisation of microsystems. 3D structural electronics based on a hybrid approach, embedding together printed and discrete functional components (i.e. Si chips), is also studied.

3.3 Sustainable electronics and microsystems

Additive manufacturing of bio-sourced and renewable materials is a promising approach for the development of greener electronic systems by enabling, after service life, their ecoresorbability and/or recyclability.  We are addressing the substitution of non-degradable and difficult to recycle materials to allow either biodegradation or facile recycling, targeting a higher level of circularity.