MechE Seminar: Design and Manufacturing of Soft Materials for Bioinspired Robotics and Bio-integrated Electronics


Event details

Date 02.02.2023
Hour 09:0010:00
Speaker Dr. Shuo Li, Querrey Simpson Institute for Bioelectronics, Northwestern University
Location Online
Category Conferences - Seminars
Abstract: Functional soft materials are of great and increasing interest for applications ranging from soft robotics to novel biomedical devices. Advancing machine intelligence by way of engineering new materials and their compatible manufacturing techniques yields mechanical, electrical, and physicochemical properties towards unprecedented robotic capabilities and bioelectronic functionalities. In this talk, I will first introduce the design, synthesis, and manufacturing of a series of robotic materials for actuation, perception, signaling, and their seamless integration. Several examples will be highlighted, including hyperelastic light-emitting skins, liquid crystal elastomer artificial muscles, and stretchable optoelectronic sensors. I will also describe a minimally-invasive approach that actively combines bioresponsive hydrogels with implantable, bioresorbable electronic systems for continuous, real-time, wireless sensing of biomarkers such as pH. The materials and device concepts introduced here show promise for temporary physiological monitoring during critical risk periods that follow diverse types of surgeries.

Biography: Shuo Li received his B.S. degree from the Univeristy of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2014), and the M.S. (2016) and Ph.D. degrees (2020) from Cornell Univeristy, all in Materials Science and Engineering. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Querrey Simpson Institute for Bioelectronics at Northwestern University. His research focuses on using stimuli-responsive soft materials, bioinspired design approaches, in combination with advanced manufacturing methods for unusual, material-driven device systems that create new functional opportunities in the fields of soft robotics and bio-integrated electronics. He is a recipient of the Extraordinary Potential Prize of 2019 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad. His work has been featured in popular media outlets such as the Washington Post, Scientific American, and NBC News.

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free


MechE Seminar: Design and Manufacturing of Soft Materials for Bioinspired Robotics and Bio-integrated Electronics