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Mimicking Biological Movements With Soft Robots

December 22, 2016

Designing a soft robot to move organically — to bend like a finger or twist like a wrist — has always been a process of trial and error. Now, researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology have developed a method to automatically design soft actuators based on the desired movement.

Creating a Slippery Slope on the Surface of Medical Implants

November 7, 2016

Implanted medical devices such as left ventricular-assist devices for patients with heart failure or other support systems for patients with respiratory, liver or other end organ disease save lives every day. However, bacteria that form infectious biofilms on those devices, called device-associated infections, not only often sabotage their success but also contribute to the rampant increase in antibiotic resistance currently seen in hospitals.

Aizenberg receives honorary degree from Eindhoven University of Technology

Aizenberg receives honorary degree from Eindhoven University of Technology

June 2, 2016

Joanna Aizenberg belongs to the world’s finest as far as bio-inspired materials engineering goes, says Nico Sommerdijk (Chemical Engineering). “Her research reaches across disciplines and is highly innovative.” Aizenberg hails from Russia, received her PhD in Israel, and has been working at Harvard in the US since 1996.

Joanna Aizenberg will become a Distinguished Professor at TU/e, meaning they will visit Eindhoven a week every year for at least for years to give lectures for students or meet with TU/e researchers.