Advanced Materials Lab



Transient Electronics

Transient electronics is a new concept based on rapid and on demand degradation of electronics. We are utilizing materials science, polymer chemistry and physics to understand fundamental mechanisms of such behavior and design, synthesize and characterize materials (polymer and polymer composites) with unique physical and chemical properties capable of stimuli-triggered degradation. Sophisticated electronics used in military and intelligence applications, bioelectronics and environmental monitoring systems can benefit from this concept to accomplish tasks without leaving behind a trace.

Soft Ionic Polymer Actuators

A major challenge in developing soft co-robotics is the lack of soft actuators with applicable electromechanical attributes. We are using principles of physics and materials science in exploring the intrinsic electromechanical properties of soft ionic electroactive polymer actuators; and, aiming to develop a fundamental understanding of their actuation mechanism to build a knowledge platform and testbed for soft co-robots and soft microrobotics. We have developed a new class of soft actuators capable of non-linear,  limb-like, deformation to mimic natural biological motion without utilization of mechanical structure.

Charge Transfer in Hierarchal Nanostructures

Charge transfer through materials is the key to functionality of all electronic and ionic devices, from simple electronic components such as wires, resistors and transistors, to complex systems such as batteries, fuel cells and common electronics. Although there has been significant efforts in studying charge transfer in 2D structures such as electron transfer in graphene and ultra-thin films of conjugated polymers such as PEDOT:PSS (as two common examples) there is a knowledge gap on charge transfer through the thickness (z-axis) of hierarchal nanostructures of such materials. We are interested in developing a fundamental understanding of charge transfer along the z-axis of π-π stacking of 2D polymeric, and ion permeable materials.