STORM-BOTS Workshop 1 - 3 February 2024

The STORM-BOTS Workshop, organised by CSIC and held at Etopia (Avda. Ciudad de Soria 8), Zaragoza, from 1 to 3 February 2024, is a training and networking activity of the STORM-BOTS project.

STORM-BOTS is a Marie Skłodowska Curie European Training Network launched in 2021 which explores the field of soft robotics and LCE-based advanced materials through a state-of-the-art training programme for 13 young researchers. Since then, the 13 Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) have been involved in the project, working on cutting-edge research and acquiring the necessary skills for a future career in the field of liquid crystal-based responsive actuators and surfaces.

During the first two days of the Workshop (1-2 Feb), the STORM-BOTS ESRs will present their projects and research results to all participants, and high-level and renowned researchers in the field of LC-based soft robotics research will deliver invited lectures. 

The activities of 1 and 2 February are open to the research community. External participants are welcome after registration – free of charge. See you soon in Zaragoza!

*Registration is free of charge, open until 29 January at 14:00 CET. 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 956150.

Agenda - Days 1 & 2 - Open to all participants

09:00 – 09:30  Registration

09:30 – 09:45  Welcome

Session 1

09:45 – 10:35         Ivan Smalyukh (Univ. of Colorado Boulder) | Liquid crystal topology for steering light and shaping elastomeric metamaterials

10:35 – 10:55         Duygu Sezen Polat (ESR-9), Eindhoven University of Technology | Spontaneous snap-through of strongly buckled liquid crystalline networks

10:55 – 11:15         Mathis Lagier (ESR-1), Eindhoven University of Technology | Switchable and responsive surfaces for communication through haptic feedback

11:15 – 12:00         Coffee break

Session 2

12:00 – 12:50         José Luis Serrano (Univ. de Zaragoza – INMA) | Multifunctional Materials Based on Mesogenic Structures that mimic Microscopic Tools and Devices

12:50 – 13:10         Rahul Singh Yadav (ESR-2), Universidad de Zaragoza – INMA | A chemo- and light-responsive liquid crystal elastomer by 3D printing

Session 3

15:00 – 15:50         Mahdi Bodaghi (Nottingham Trent Univ.) | 4D Printing Soft Meta-Robots for Sustainable Futures

15:50 – 16:10         Michał Zmyślony (ESR-7), University of Cambridge | Can every director pattern be printed?

16:10 – 16:30         Tommaso Da Col (ESR-13), PRECEYES | Soft Robotics Potential for Eye Surgery

16:30 – 17:10         Coffee break

17:10 – 17:30         Reza Norouzikudiani (ESR-6), Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna | Multi-physics modeling for inducing self-oscillations in photoactive liquid crystal elastomers beam

17:30 – 17:50         Mert Orhan Astam (ESR-8), Eindhoven University of Technology | Liquid crystal elastomers as electrical components: controlled or the controller?

09:00 – 09:30  Registration – get together

Session 4

09:30 – 10:20         Taylor Ware (Texas A&M Univ.) |  Liquid Crystal Elastomer Structures that Morph, Assemble and Disassemble

10:20 – 10:40         Lovish Gulati (ESR-5), Max Planck Institute for Medical Research – MPG | 3D director alignment of liquid crystalline structures using magnetic fields

10:40 – 11:00         Paolo Sartori (ESR-4), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas – INMA | Photochemically Induced Propulsion of a Four-Dimensional Printed Liquid Crystal Elastomer Biomimetic Swimmer

11:00 – 11:40         Coffee break

11:40 – 12:00         Giulia Spallanzani (ESR-12), Holst Centre – TNO | Electrically driven LCE actuator matrix

12:00 – 12:20         Yasaman Nemati (ESR-10), Tampere University | Harnessing Magneto-Photo responsiveness and bioinspired Light-Driven Motion in Liquid Crystal Elastomers

12:20 – 13:30         Group photo at Einstein statue & Zaha Hadid Bridge

Session 5

15:00 – 15:50         Devin Roach (Oregon State Univ.) | Freeform Printing and Voxel-Level Deformation Control Strategies for Liquid Crystal Elastomer Actuators

15:50 – 16:10         Zixuan Deng (ESR-11), Tampere University | Light-fueled soft robotics: going under water

16:10 – 16:30         Erick René Espíndola Pérez (ESR-3), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas – INMA | Multimodal and Multistimuli 4D-Printed Magnetic Composite Liquid Crystal Elastomer Actuators


Agenda subject to change, please check regularly.

Speakers & Topics

Prof Mahdi Bodaghi (Nottingham Trent University, UK)
4D Printing Soft Meta-Robots 4 Sustainable Futures
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Dr Taylor Ware (Texas A&M University, US)
Liquid Crystal Elastomer Structures that Morph, Assemble, and Disassemble
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Prof José Luis Serrano (Instituto de Nanociencia y Materiales de Aragón – Universidad de Zaragoza, ES)
Multifunctional Materials Based On Mesogenic Structures That Mimic Macroscopic Tools And Devices
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Prof Ivan Smalyukh (University of Colorado Boulder, US)
Liquid crystal topology for steering light and shaping elastomeric metamaterials
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Dr Devin J Roach (Oregon State University, US)
Freeform Printing and Voxel-Level Deformation Control Strategies for Liquid Crystal Elastomer Actuators
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