Rahul Singh Yadav – ESR 2





Rahul Singh Yadav completed his five-year BS-MS Dual degree program with majors in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali, India in June 2021.

In his first two years, he had a fairly holistic exposure to the disciplines of Physics, Chemical Science, Mathematics and Biology in tandem with Earth Science. In his master’s he synthesised and explored the self-assembly behaviour of Diketopyrrolopyrrole(DPP) based Discotic Liquid Crystal, which has application in Organic Semiconductors. In November 2021, he joined the STORM-BOTS programme as ESR-2

Research Interests

Liquid crystal Elastomer, Chemoresponsive Actuator, Organic synthesis, Polymer


Research project: ESR 2 – Liquid crystal chemoresponsive actuator

4D printing combines 3D printing and stimuli-responsive polymers and offers an unprecedented opportunity for the preparation of soft actuators, which can transform soft robotics. Specifically, 4D printing of liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs) enables the preparation of structures with an exquisite control over the morphology and microstructure of materials and, thus, a precise programming of the mechanical response to external stimulation. The ESR individual project will focus on the synthesis of a range of new liquid crystal inks and polymers as well as their processing. The goal is to create the next-generation of multiresponsive LC actuators and the fabrication of smart structures and devices. The application of such materials and devices in biomedical applications will also be evaluated.

The prospective research fellow will be recruited and hired by UZ, and will develop her/his main research activities at the laboratories of the Liquid Crystals and Polymers group (INMA, Zaragoza). A series of programmed research stays (secondments) of varying length at CSIC (Spain), Tampere University (Finland) and Aqdot (Cambridge, UK) will be excellent opportunities for the prospective research fellow to immerse in a different academic and professional environment to that of the host institution.


PhD programme – University: Doctoral Training Programme in Organic Chemistry – University of Zaragoza