Master's projects

Clinically compatible actuation of biocompatible thermoresponsive microgrippers

fig1-softrobot-foMagnetically and thermally responsive micro-sized grippers have the potential to revolutionize the world of minimally invasive surgery. Their applicability in in-vivo biopsies has already been demonstrated [1]. Moreover, recent studies demonstrated their capability to supersede human performance in terms of dexterity, precision and repeatability [2]. However, presently conduction is used for their thermal actuation. For reasons of clinical safety, contact-less means of heat transmission should be used.

Project: In this assignment you will characterize and model the thermal behavior of micro-agents in response to the heating field. Master students will also have to implement and experimentally validate the developed model conducting in-vitro experiments.