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Smart HydroGEL SYStems – From Bioinspired Design to Soft Electronics and Machines

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Project "GEL-SYS" data sheet

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Organization address
city: LINZ
postcode: 4040

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 Coordinator Country Austria [AT]
 Total cost 1˙499˙975 €
 EC max contribution 1˙499˙975 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-01-01   to  2022-12-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITAT LINZ AT (LINZ) coordinator 1˙499˙975.00


 Project objective

Hydrogels evolved as versatile building blocks of life – we all are in essence gel-embodied soft machines. Drawing inspiration from the diversity found in living creatures, GEL-SYS will develop a set of concepts, materials approaches and design rules for wide ranging classes of soft, hydrogel-based electronic, ionic and photonic devices in three core aims. Aim (A) will pursue a high level of complexity in soft, yet tough biomimetic devices and machines by introducing nature-inspired instant strong bonds between hydrogels and antagonistic materials – from soft and elastic to hard and brittle. Building on these newly developed interfaces, aim (B) will pursue biocompatible hydrogel electronics with iontronic transducers and large area multimodal sensor arrays for a new class of medical tools and health monitors. Aim (C) will foster the current soft revolution of robotics with self-sensing, transparent grippers not occluding objects and workspace. A soft robotic visual system with hydrogel-based adaptive optical elements and ultraflexible photosensor arrays will allow robots to see while grasping. Autonomous operation will be a central question in soft systems, tackled with tough stretchable batteries and energy harvesting from mechanical motion on small and large scales with soft membranes. GEL-SYS will use our experience on soft, “imperceptible” electronics and devices. By fusing this technology platform with tough hydrogels - nature’s most pluripotent ingredient of soft machines - we aim to create the next generation of bionic systems. The envisioned hybrids promise new discoveries in the nonlinear mechanical responses of soft systems, and may allow exploiting triggered elastic instabilities for unconventional locomotion. Exploring soft matter, intimately united with solid materials, will trigger novel concepts for medical equipment, healthcare, consumer electronics, energy harvesting from renewable sources and in robotics, with imminent impact on our society.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Janina Melanie Roemer, Stepan Demchyshyn, Anton Böhm, Olof Gutowski, Kilian Frank, Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci, Martin Kaltenbrunner, Bert Nickel
X-ray study of anisotropically shaped metal halide perovskite nanoparticles in tubular pores
published pages: 251901, ISSN: 0003-6951, DOI: 10.1063/1.5054271
Applied Physics Letters 113/25 2019-08-29
2018 Christian Michael Siket, Nadine Tillner, Andrei Ionut Mardare, Amir Reuveny, Carina Daniela Grill, Florian Hartmann, Gerald Kettlgruber, Richard Moser, Jan Philipp Kollender, Takao Someya, Achim Walter Hassel, Martin Kaltenbrunner, Siegfried Bauer
Direct writing of anodic oxides for plastic electronics
published pages: , ISSN: 2397-4621, DOI: 10.1038/s41528-018-0036-y
npj Flexible Electronics 2/1 2019-08-29
2019 Anna Jancik Prochazkova, Stepan Demchyshyn, Cigdem Yumusak, Jiří Másilko, Oliver Brüggemann, Martin Weiter, Martin Kaltenbrunner, Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci, Jozef Krajcovic, Yolanda Salinas, Alexander Kovalenko
Proteinogenic Amino Acid Assisted Preparation of Highly Luminescent Hybrid Perovskite Nanoparticles
published pages: 4267-4274, ISSN: 2574-0970, DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.9b00725
ACS Applied Nano Materials 2/7 2019-08-29
2018 Florian Hartmann, Michael Drack, Martin Kaltenbrunner
Meant to merge: Fabrication of stretchy electronics for robotics
published pages: eaat9091, ISSN: 2470-9476, DOI: 10.1126/scirobotics.aat9091
Science Robotics 3/18 2019-08-29
2018 Michael Drack, Florian Hartmann, Siegfried Bauer, Martin Kaltenbrunner
The importance of open and frugal labware
published pages: 484-486, ISSN: 2520-1131, DOI: 10.1038/s41928-018-0133-x
Nature Electronics 1/9 2019-08-29

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