PI Lab’s three incoming graduate students arrived just in time to attend the AMPT Symposium at Rice University (pictured from left: Dan, Zhen, Faye, and Rachel). Dan presented on Fluidic Control through Surface Engineering.
Dan’s work on a soft ring oscillator, conducted with coworkers in the Whitesides Group at Harvard, has been published in Science Robotics. Dan’s article shows how completely soft devices can roll, undulate, sort, and more, without hard controls.
Incoming PI Lab PhD student Zhen Liu’s perspective on enhanced condensation heat transfer has been published in Joule. Zhen’s article highlights work by the Boreyko and Varanasi groups and outlines future opportunities in condensation research.
Our paper on data storage using small organic molecules has been published in ACS Central Science. Brian Cafferty compares this work to storing the contents of the New York Public Library in a teaspoon of protein, without energy, for millions of years.
Our paper on the use of lubricant infused surfaces to enhance heat transfer during condensation of hydrocarbons is among the top 100 most-read materials science articles in Scientific Reports in 2018. Read this open-access paper here.
Dan’s paper on digital logic for soft robots has been published in PNAS. This Popular Science article explains how the “soft computers” produced by this work will enhance human-robot interaction and enable intelligent soft devices.