Eliza Sopubekova – ESR 1



Eliza Sopubekova obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Master’s degree in Materials Science and Nanotechnology from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. During her studies, she worked on controlled patterning of nanoparticles to obtain multifunctional surfaces as well as fabrication of microfluidic platforms for biomedical applications.

She joined STORM-BOTS programme in August 2021 as ESR1. Eliza works with the Stimuli-responsive Functional Materials research group and is pursuing her PhD in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. Her research focuses on the development of liquid crystal elastomers with tunable dielectric properties for next generation small-scale antennae applications.

Research interests

Liquid crystal elastomers, soft robotics, device fabrication.



Research project: ESR 1 – Electrically driven polymers for active antennae

Smart responsive materials have the potential to provide new functionalities and push the limit of current or new applications since their mechanical or electrical properties are not frozen. In a similar way as liquid crystals (LC) are used for their adjustable optical properties in liquid crystal displays (LCD), upon application of an electric field, the dielectric properties of the LC can be tuned to adjust the interaction of the substrate with radio frequency waves. This project will focus on the assessment, development, synthesis and processing of stimulus-triggered materials based on liquid crystals for 5G applications. We envision that LCs have the potential to become a key element in 5G communications and may pave the way towards the deployment of 5G smart antennas.

This project will be carried out in close collaboration with a company, SABIC. The STORM-BOTS Consortium consists of 9 high profile research institutions, universities and companies working towards harnessing the full potential of liquid-crystal-based responsive surfaces, soft actuators and smart machines.

The selected ESR will be hired by TU/e and will develop her/his activity at the functional molecules and devices (SFD) group, performing secondments at SABIC and at the University of Cambridge (UK).

PhD programme – University: PhD/PDEng (tue.nl)