CBES Investigators

Joanna Aizenberg

Xiaoguang Wang

Postdoctoral Fellow
Engineering and Applied Sciences

Shucong Li

Graduate Student

Research Overview

One of our goals in CBES is to push the limits of response times in robotic soft matter to either light or temperature. The Aizenberg lab is now developing the novel elastomeric systems with the potential for fast and large actuation. The Aizenberg lab will pursue work on liquid crystalline elastomers containing non-covalent links in their backbones or crosslinks. We hypothesize that nanoscopic networks will create supramolecular topological memory at macroscopic scales in analogy to covalent crosslinking, and possibly at faster speeds of actuation and recovery.