Special Issue "Soft Electromagnetic Actuators and Their Mechanisms"

A special issue of Actuators (ISSN 2076-0825).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021) | Viewed by 534

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Mert Vural
Guest Editor
1. Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Department of Science and Technology, Linköping University, SE-581 83 Norrköping, Sweden
2. Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA
Interests: structure–property relations in soft matter; self-assembled materials; programmable materials; soft electronics and robotics
Prof. Dr. Abdon Pena-Francesch
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Guest Editor
1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Robotics Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
2. Physical Intelligence Department, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany
Interests: bioinspired materials; adaptive soft materials; small-scale actuation; soft robotics; self-healing robots; biodegradable microrobots

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent advances in soft matter research have enabled the translation of conventional mechanisms of actuation into mechanically compliant devices, actuators, and small-scale robots. In particular, soft electromagnetic actuators have recently gained attention, as they offer remote actuation, decoupling of forces and torques, and multiple modes of deformation, with emerging applications in haptics, robotics, and biomedicine. As a growing field, research in soft electromagnetic actuators can greatly benefit from new soft electronic and magnetic materials, innovative design and fabrication approaches, and physical modeling of novel or existing actuators. This Special Issue invites researchers to contribute with their original works and relevant reviews concerning recent advances in soft electromagnetic actuators with a specific emphasis on materials, modeling of soft actuators, device design and fabrication, and programmable/tunable assembly of soft robots.

Dr. Mert Vural,
Prof. Dr. Abdon Pena-Francesch
Guest Editors

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  • novel magnetic and electronic materials for soft robotics
  • design, fabrication, and modeling of soft electromagnetic actuators
  • soft wearable and haptic systems based on electromagnetic actuators
  • soft electromagnetic actuator systems designed for robotic locomotion
  • assembly mechanics of soft magnetic robots
  • programmable assembly in soft magnetic robots

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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