CBES Investigators

John Rogers

Research Overview

The Rogers group recently developed methods based on mechanically guided assembly to create deterministic geometrical transformations of 2D structures into fully 3D architectures. These systems could generate a broad range of accessible configurations for vasculatures that transport liquids through our soft matter structures. In this approach, quantitative mechanics modeling can predict the resulting 3D configurations with a rich diversity of complex shapes. By integrating 3D vascular networks with our molecularly designed hydrogels, we aim to create actuation or robotic action through water transport between microfluidic channels and the surrounding matrix. Depending on initial results on these water-transporting vasculatures, we are also interested in using the vasculature for waveguiding light in photoactive systems.