04/07/2018

PhD Scholarship on Liquid-based Electro Active Polymers (LEAP) for a new class of soft actuators and generators

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    DIT - University of Trento
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    EngineeringElectrical engineering
    EngineeringMaterials engineering
    PhysicsApplied physics
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    27/08/2018 16:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Italy › Trento
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/10/2018

Topic

Liquid-based Electro Active Polymers (LEAP) for a new class of soft actuators and generators

Synthetic description of the activity and expected research outcome

Recent research works [1-3] have shown that dielectric fluids, with specific properties, can be combined with stretchable or flexible shell structures, made of polymeric dielectric/electrode composite films, to implement a novel type of soft electrically-driven fluidic transducers with self-healing and self-sensing capabilities.

This new class of devices can be successfully employed for the realization of actuators, generators and sensors with unprecedented performance and attributes in terms of resilience, adaptability, power-to-weight ratios, functional integration, ease of manufacturing and assembling, extremely low cost of their constituents, superior reliability and lifetime.

The object of research is the development of new type of LEAP actuators and generators based on innovative architectural solutions.

The activities will include both experimental developments and theoretical studies.

[1] Duranti M., Righi M., Vertechy R. and Fontana M. 2017. "A new class of variable capacitance generators based on the dielectric fluid transducer." Smart Materials and Structures 26, no. 11 (2017): 115014.

[2] Acome E., Mitchell S.K., Morrissey T.G., Emmett M.B., Benjamin C., King M., Radakovitz M. and Keplinger, C., 2018. “Hydraulically amplified self-healing electrostatic actuators with muscle-like performance.” Science, 359(6371), pp.61-65.

[3] Kellaris N., Venkata V.G., Smith G.M., Mitchell S.K. and Keplinger C., 2018. “Peano-HASEL actuators: Muscle-mimetic, electrohydraulic transducers that linearly contract on activation.” Science Robotics, 3(14), p.eaar3276

 

Tutors

Prof. Luca Fambri, Prof. Sandra Dirè, Prof. Marco Fontana

Foreign partners:

The student will be working at University of Trento but he will have the opportunity to spend one year (in total) of secondment period at Johannes Kepler University and at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) collaborating with the team of:

- Prof. Martin Kaltenbrunner (Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria)

- Prof. Herbert Shea (LMTS -EPFL, Neuchatel, Switzerland)

Keywords:

DFT (Dielectric Fluid Transducers), DFG (Dielectric Fluid Generators), EAP (Electroactive Polymers), LEAP (Liquid-based Electroactive Polymers), Soft Robotics, Soft Actuators,HASEL (Hydraulically Amplified Self-healing ELectrostatic actuators).

 

Ideal candidate (skills and competencies):

You have a recently completed master’s degree in Materials Science, Physical Chemistry or Condensed Matter Physics, Bioengineering, or other related fields in

Engineering. You have excellent academic qualifications and a passion for (electro-active) materials research.

Strong experimental as well as communicative skills and a pioneering mentality are essential for this project.

- Basics of chemistry, physics and mechanics;

- Knowledge of multiphysics modelling tools is an advantage, but not mandatory;

- English competence: B2 (or equivalent level).

 

Gross Salary: 21 000€/y for 3 years (approx. 1600€/month after taxes)

MORE info (please write to all this contact in CC):

Luca Fambri (luca.fambri@unitn.it); Sandra Dirè (sandra.dire@unitn.it); Marco Fontana (marco.fontana-2@unitn.it)

Call Website (see position-L):https://www.unitn.it/en/ateneo/71250/announcement-of-selection

University of Trento & Department of Industrial Engineering

The University of Trento (UNITN) is a medium size University in Italy, constantly ranked among the best Italian Universities: as second in the general ranking of Censis compiled for la Repubblica 2017-2018 and among the first 250 institutions according to the THE - Times Higher Education Rankings 2016-17. This result is due, in particular, to the University’s ability to finance itself, its success in scientific research, its ability to look towards Europe and the world, and to the satisfaction of the students. It has undergone a major expansion with the active support of the Province of Trentino. The local government has far reaching goals for making Trento province a centre for high-tech companies that will attract world-class professionals. In order to achieve this, the province has been allocating significant amounts of capital. The University is actively attracting talents from around the globe.

The Department of Industrial Engineering is small newborn department that was founded to create a new environment that aims to address the most pressing challenges in research and education in engineering sciences.

The Department has an intrinsic multidisciplinary structure that merges the two main areas of Material Science and Mechatronics.

In 2018, the Department was awarded a large grant of “Departmenti di Eccellenza” (Excellent Departments) funded by Italian Ministry of Education and Research, which makes it possible to open this and several other calls for PhD scholarship.

At the Department, PhD students works in an international environment, with access to state-of-the art facilities for high-tech system development.

And they will be part of team with strong background on materials and mechatronic engineering.

 

Benefits

Gross Salary: 21 000€/y for 3 years (approx. 1600€/month after taxes)

Selection process

Proposal evaluation and interview

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
    Physics: Master Degree or equivalent
    Chemistry: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

Ideal candidate (skills and competencies):

You have a recently completed master’s degree in Materials Science, Physical Chemistry or Condensed Matter Physics, Bioengineering, or other related fields in

Engineering. You have excellent academic qualifications and a passion for (electro-active) materials research.

Strong experimental as well as communicative skills and a pioneering mentality are essential for this project.

 

- Basics of chemistry, physics and mechanics;

- Knowledge of multiphysics modelling tools is an advantage, but not mandatory;

- English competence: B2 (or equivalent level).

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Department of Industrial Engineering
Italy
Trento
38123
Via Sommarive 9

EURAXESS offer ID: 321336