Paolo Sartori – ESR 4




Paolo Sartori obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and his Master’s degree in Bionanotechnologies from Politecnico di Torino, Italy, and completed his Master’s thesis at the Biomaterial Institute of Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.
During his studies, he focused on biomaterials, tissue regeneration, and nanotechnologies (BioMEMS, drug delivery systems).

Paolo joined the STORM-BOTS program in September 2021 as ESR4, and he will work at the Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory at INMA in Zaragoza, developing 4D printed responsive biomimetic materials containing LCEs.

Research interests

Liquid crystal elastomers, biomaterials, biomimetic systems, BioMEMS


Research project: ESR 4 – 4D printed biomimetic soft robotic functions

4D printed biomimetic soft robotic functions

Soft responsive elements, mimicking the biological lightweight soft structures of living organisms, offer interesting features such as compliance, large and controlled deformations in response to various stimuli, being sometimes remotely addressed with no physical contact. 4D printing of liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs) offers the possibility to prepare soft complex elements with a well-defined morphology that deform in a prescribed fashion upon stimulation with a wide variety of stimuli having therefore great potential for the implementation of smart responsive complex biomimetic structures.

The ESR project targets the rational design, supported by numerical modelling, and the preparation of 4D printed responsive structures incorporating LCEs to create biologically inspired active structures and motions with potential interest in biomedical applications.

The selected ESR will be hired by CSIC and will develop her/his activity at the Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory at INMA in Zaragoza (Spain) performing secondments in Scuola Superiore Sant´Anna (Pisa, Italy) and in University of Zaragoza and BeOnChip in Zaragoza (Spain).

PhD programme – University: Doctoral Programme in Physics – University of Zaragoza