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Jellyclock SIGNED

Light Actuated Self-Pulsing Mircogels

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Project "Jellyclock" data sheet

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Organization address
city: AACHEN
postcode: 52074

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙280˙000 €
 EC max contribution 2˙280˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-AdG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-08-01   to  2020-07-31


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 Project objective

Living organisms teach us how to design material structures that can move autonomously. Such motility is not restricted to animated organisms but can also originate from local differences t expansion coefficients in ligneous compounds. This challenges the design of micro-objects that can perform mechanical work and undergo locomotion. Irrespective of the specific material, three fundamental tasks must be solved: (i) to fuel the material for the actuation; (ii) to control the morphing of the object in time and space; and (iii) to establish a feed-back mechanism that enables timing of a sequence of steps. The later refers to an integrated clock function in order to pulse the energy input for distinct mechanical strokes. Within JELLYCLOCK, we address all three questions at the example of light driven hydrogel micro-objects. We have developed light sensitive microgels that change their shape within milliseconds. IR-irradiation of gold nanorods, entrapped in a thermosensitive hydrogel, is used to heat the gel from inside and enable a gradated spatial and temporal control of its swelling and shrinking. The water-based actuation will be directed to generate a non-reciprocal deformation as required for locomotion at low Reynolds numbers. So far, a directed cyclic deformation action relies on the outside modulation of the irradiation. We will extent this concept by introducing self-oscillating absorption efficiency, so that a stepwise body deformation becomes feasible under continuous irradiation. The project comprises (1) the advanced design of hydrogel based actuators driven by modulated light, (2) achievement of a precise control of the deformation in time and space , and as the actual disruptive step, (3) the realization of a self-sustaining pulsation under continuous near IR irradiation. Such soft micro engines strike a new path to micro-robotics for biomedical or biomechanical applications, or to create micro devices that could mix, sort and circulate fluid.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Christian Willems, Sascha Pargen, Andreea Balaceanu, Helmut Keul, Martin Möller, Andrij Pich
Stimuli responsive microgels decorated with oligoglycidol macromonomers: Synthesis, characterization and properties in aqueous solution
published pages: 21-33, ISSN: 0032-3861, DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2018.02.047
Polymer 141 2019-10-29
2016 Philip Kensbock, Dan Eugen Demco, Smriti Singh, Khosrow Rahimi, Radu Fechete, Andreas Walther, Annette Monika Schmidt, Martin Möller
Peptizing Mechanism at the Molecular Level of Laponite Nanoclay Gels
published pages: 66-74, ISSN: 0743-7463, DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b03592
Langmuir 33/1 2019-10-29
2019 Nestor Gisbert Quilis, Marcel van Dongen, Priyamvada Venugopalan, Daria Kotlarek, Christian Petri, Alberto Moreno Cencerrado, Sorin Stanescu, Jose Luis Toca Herrera, Ulrich Jonas, Martin Möller, Ahmed Mourran, Jakub Dostalek
Actively Tunable Collective Localized Surface Plasmons by Responsive Hydrogel Membrane
published pages: 1900342, ISSN: 2195-1071, DOI: 10.1002/adom.201900342
Advanced Optical Materials 7/15 2019-10-29
2018 Adrian Moreno, Tong Liu, Liang Ding, Irene Buzzacchera, Marina Galià, Martin Möller, Christopher J. Wilson, Gerard Lligadas, Virgil Percec
SET-LRP in biphasic mixtures of fluorinated alcohols with water
published pages: 2313-2327, ISSN: 1759-9954, DOI: 10.1039/c8py00062j
Polymer Chemistry 9/17 2019-10-29
2019 Dominic Kehren, Catalina Molano Lopez, Stefan Theiler, Helmut Keul, Martin Möller, Andrij Pich
Multicompartment aqueous microgels with degradable hydrophobic domains
published pages: 283-293, ISSN: 0032-3861, DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2019.03.074
Polymer 172 2019-10-29
2018 Marquardt, F.; Stöcker, C.; Gartzen, R.; Heine, E.; Keul, H.; Möller, M. Novel
Novel Antibacterial Polyglycidols: Relationship between Structure and Properties
published pages: 96, ISSN: 2073-4360, DOI: 10.3390/polym10010096
Polymers 10/1 2019-10-29
2018 Thorsten Fischer, Jens Köhler, Helmut Keul, Smriti Singh, Martin Möller
Highly Swellable Hydrogels from Waterborne Poly(Vinylamine- co -Acetamide)
published pages: 1800399, ISSN: 1022-1352, DOI: 10.1002/macp.201800399
Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 219/24 2019-10-01
2018 Lyndon Koens, Hang Zhang, Martin Moeller, Ahmed Mourran, Eric Lauga
The swimming of a deforming helix
published pages: , ISSN: 1292-8941, DOI: 10.1140/epje/i2018-11728-2
The European Physical Journal E 41/10 2019-10-01
2019 Yashoda Chandorkar, Arturo Castro Nava, Sjören Schweizerhof, Marcel Van Dongen, Tamás Haraszti, Jens Köhler, Hang Zhang, Reinhard Windoffer, Ahmed Mourran, Martin Möller, Laura De Laporte
Cellular responses to beating hydrogels to investigate mechanotransduction
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-11475-4
Nature Communications 10/1 2019-10-01
2018 Andreas J. D. Krüger, Jens Köhler, Stefan Cichosz, Jonas C. Rose, David B. Gehlen, Tamás Haraszti, Martin Möller, Laura De Laporte
A catalyst-free, temperature controlled gelation system for in-mold fabrication of microgels
published pages: 6943-6946, ISSN: 1359-7345, DOI: 10.1039/c8cc02478b
Chemical Communications 54/50 2019-10-01
2017 Sjören Schweizerhof, Dan Eugen Demco, Ahmed Mourran, Helmut Keul, Radu Fechete, Martin Möller
Temperature-Induced Phase Transition Characterization of Responsive Polymer Brushes Grafted onto Nanoparticles
published pages: 1600495, ISSN: 1022-1352, DOI: 10.1002/macp.201600495
Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 218/6 2019-06-13
2017 Sjören Schweizerhof, Dan Eugen Demco, Ahmed Mourran, Helmut Keul, Radu Fechete, Martin Möller
Thermodynamic Parameters of Temperature-Induced Phase Transition for Brushes onto Nanoparticles: Hydrophilic versus Hydrophobic End-Groups Functionalization
published pages: 1700362, ISSN: 1022-1336, DOI: 10.1002/marc.201700362
Macromolecular Rapid Communications 38/19 2019-06-13
2018 Sjören Schweizerhof, Dan Eugen Demco, Ahmed Mourran, Helmut Keul, Radu Fechete, Martin Möller
Temperature-Induced Phase Transition Characterization of Responsive Polymer Brushes Grafted onto Nanoparticles
published pages: 1700525, ISSN: 1022-1352, DOI: 10.1002/macp.201700525
Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 219/2 2019-06-13
2017 Ahmed Mourran, Hang Zhang, Rostislav Vinokur, Martin Möller
Soft Microrobots Employing Nonequilibrium Actuation via Plasmonic Heating
published pages: 1604825, ISSN: 0935-9648, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201604825
Advanced Materials 29/2 2019-06-13
2017 Hang Zhang, Ahmed Mourran, Martin Möller
Dynamic Switching of Helical Microgel Ribbons
published pages: 2010-2014, ISSN: 1530-6984, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b00015
Nano Letters 17/3 2019-06-13
2018 Sjören Schweizerhof, Dan Eugen Demco, Ahmed Mourran, Radu Fechete, Martin Möller
Diffusion of Gold Nanorods Functionalized with Thermoresponsive Polymer Brushes
published pages: 8031-8041, ISSN: 0743-7463, DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b01289
Langmuir 34/27 2019-04-03
2018 Akihiro Nishiguchi, Ahmed Mourran, Hang Zhang, Martin Möller
In-Gel Direct Laser Writing for 3D-Designed Hydrogel Composites That Undergo Complex Self-Shaping
published pages: 1700038, ISSN: 2198-3844, DOI: 10.1002/advs.201700038
Advanced Science 5/1 2019-04-03

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