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Increasing the scientific excellence and technological innovation capacity in Functional Materials for Medical Devices and Robotics of the University of Tartu

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EC-Contrib. €






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Project "TWINNIMS" data sheet

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Organization address
address: ULIKOOLI 18
city: TARTU
postcode: 51005

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 Coordinator Country Estonia [EE]
 Total cost 799˙875 €
 EC max contribution 799˙875 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.4.b. (Twinning of research institutions)
 Code Call H2020-WIDESPREAD-2018-03
 Funding Scheme CSA
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-11-01   to  2022-10-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    TARTU ULIKOOL EE (TARTU) coordinator 358˙187.00


 Project objective

The aim of the TWINNIMS project is to enhance the scientific and technological capacity of the consortium partners, with a principal focus on the University of Tartu (UTARTU), and to raise its research profile in the field of Functional Materials for Medical Devices and Robotics, in particular in the research application sub-field of minimal invasive and wearable medical robotics, that have a huge potential in terms of solving the global challenges in the quality of life and wellbeing. The internationally leading partners in the project are the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT, Italy) and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique UMR 8520 (CNRS, France). Resources and competences will be shared and advanced across 3 capacity building focus areas (CBFAs): Bioinspired Soft Robotics, Soft Robotics Materials and Soft Materials Microfabrication Technologies. The activities targeted both to the researchers and early stage researchers (ESRs) strengthen the scientific excellence, technology transfer and innovation capacity (industry-academia collaboration) and skills for research communication and societal acceptance of the applications (social sciences and humanities, SSH involvement). For ESRs the benefits are 4 rounds of mobility (incl. 1 industry traineeship), 1 joint summer school (incl. ESRs-researchers joint session involving SSH), international summer/winter school attendance, joint supervision and mentoring. Activities for researchers include 4 mobility rounds on the CBFAs and technology transfer, 3 from researcher to researcher master classes, 1 virtual training, establishment of an industry-academia network, organization of 3 TWINNIMS annual panel sessions, 1 hackathon (also for ESRs),industry and SSH mentoring, attendance at conferences and trade shows. This leads to increased number of high-impact articles, research grants, EU projects, service contracts to the international industry (high-tech applications), new research topics and wide-scale impact


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Madis Harjo, Janno Torop, Martin Järvekülg, Tarmo Tamm, Rudolf Kiefer
Electrochemomechanical Behavior of Polypyrrole-Coated Nanofiber Scaffolds in Cell Culture Medium
published pages: 1043, ISSN: 2073-4360, DOI: 10.3390/polym11061043
Polymers 11/6 2020-03-05
2019 Indrek Must, Edoardo Sinibaldi, Barbara Mazzolai
A variable-stiffness tendril-like soft robot based on reversible osmotic actuation
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-08173-y
Nature Communications 10/1 2020-03-05
2018 Inga Põldsalu, Kätlin Rohtlaid, Tran Minh Giao Nguyen, Cedric Plesse, Frédéric Vidal, Mahdi Safaei Khorram, Anna-Liisa Peikolainen, Tarmo Tamm, Rudolf Kiefer
Thin ink-jet printed trilayer actuators composed of PEDOT:PSS on interpenetrating polymer networks
published pages: 1072-1079, ISSN: 0925-4005, DOI: 10.1016/j.snb.2017.11.147
Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 258 2020-03-05
2018 Inga Põldsalu, Urmas Johanson, Tarmo Tamm, Andres Punning, Francesco Greco, Anna-Liisa Peikolainen, Rudolf Kiefer, Alvo Aabloo
Mechanical and electro-mechanical properties of EAP actuators with inkjet printed electrodes
published pages: 122-127, ISSN: 0379-6779, DOI: 10.1016/j.synthmet.2018.10.009
Synthetic Metals 246 2020-03-05
2018 Zane Zondaka, Alo Kivilo, Sunjai Nakshatharan, Kadi-Anne Küppar, Urmas Johanson, Tarmo Tamm, Rudolf Kiefer
Carbide-derived carbon and poly-3,4-ethylenedioxythiphene composite laminate: linear and bending actuation
published pages: 67-73, ISSN: 0379-6779, DOI: 10.1016/j.synthmet.2018.08.010
Synthetic Metals 245 2020-03-05
2019 Pille Rinne, Inga Põldsalu, Urmas Johanson, Tarmo Tamm, Kaija Põhako-Esko, Andres Punning, Daan van den Ende, Alvo Aabloo
Encapsulation of ionic electromechanically active polymer actuators
published pages: 74002, ISSN: 0964-1726, DOI: 10.1088/1361-665x/ab18c0
Smart Materials and Structures 28/7 2020-03-05
2019 Nguyen Quang Khuyen, Zane Zondaka, Madis Harjo, Janno Torop, Tarmo Tamm, Rudolf Kiefer
Comparative Analysis of Fluorinated Anions for Polypyrrole Linear Actuator Electrolytes
published pages: 849, ISSN: 2073-4360, DOI: 10.3390/polym11050849
Polymers 11/5 2020-03-05
2017 Friedrich Kaasik, Indrek Must, Inna Baranova, Inga Põldsalu, Enn Lust, Urmas Johanson, Andres Punning, Alvo Aabloo
Scalable fabrication of ionic and capacitive laminate actuators for soft robotics
published pages: 154-163, ISSN: 0925-4005, DOI: 10.1016/j.snb.2017.02.065
Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 246 2020-03-05
2018 Zane Zondaka, Madis Harjo, Md Asaduzzaman Khan, Tran Thien Khanh, Tarmo Tamm, Rudolf Kiefer
Optimal phosphotungstinate concentration for polypyrrole linear actuation and energy storage
published pages: 14003, ISSN: 2399-7532, DOI: 10.1088/2399-7532/aae8a4
Multifunctional Materials 1/1 2020-03-05
2018 Zane Zondaka, Madis Harjo, Mahdi Safaei Khorram, Pejman Rasti, Tarmo Tamm, Rudolf Kiefer
Polypyrrole/carbide-derived carbon composite in organic electrolyte: Characterization as a linear actuator
published pages: 414-419, ISSN: 1381-5148, DOI: 10.1016/j.reactfunctpolym.2018.08.020
Reactive and Functional Polymers 131 2020-03-05
2018 S. Nakshatharan, Veiko Vunder, Inga Põldsalu, Urmas Johanson, Andres Punning, Alvo Aabloo
Modelling and Control of Ionic Electroactive Polymer Actuators under Varying Humidity Conditions
published pages: 7, ISSN: 2076-0825, DOI: 10.3390/act7010007
Actuators 7/1 2020-03-05
2017 S Sunjai Nakshatharan, Andres Punning, Alvo Aabloo
A neural network modeling and sliding mode control of self-sensing ionic polymer–metal composite actuator
published pages: 3163-3174, ISSN: 1045-389X, DOI: 10.1177/1045389x17733234
Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures 28/20 2020-03-05
2019 Indrek Must, Pille Rinne, Friedrich Krull, Friedrich Kaasik, Urmas Johanson, Alvo Aabloo
Ionic Actuators as Manipulators for Microscopy
published pages: , ISSN: 2296-9144, DOI: 10.3389/frobt.2019.00140
Frontiers in Robotics and AI 6 2020-03-05
2018 Roshan Khadka, Zane Zondaka, Arko Kesküla, Mahdi Safaei Khorram, Tran Thien Khanh, Tarmo Tamm, Jadranka Travas-Sejdic, Rudolf Kiefer
Influence of solvent on linear polypyrrole-polyethylene oxide actuators
published pages: 46831, ISSN: 0021-8995, DOI: 10.1002/app.46831
Journal of Applied Polymer Science 135/43 2020-03-05
2019 Nguyen Quang Khuyen, Jose G. Martinez, Friedrich Kaasik, Tarmo Tamm, Toribio F. Otero, Rudolf Kiefer
Solvent effects on carbide-derived-carbon trilayer bending actuators
published pages: 170-176, ISSN: 0379-6779, DOI: 10.1016/j.synthmet.2018.12.002
Synthetic Metals 247 2020-03-05
2018 Sunjai Nakshatharan S, Andres Punning, Urmas Johanson, Alvo Aabloo
Effect of porosity and tortuosity of electrodes on carbon polymer soft actuators
published pages: 14502, ISSN: 0021-8979, DOI: 10.1063/1.5007147
Journal of Applied Physics 123/1 2020-03-05

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