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Kent State Professor Helps Research Autonomous Locomotion Polymer

Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands found that the areas of medicine and robotics are finding more and more use for materials that are able to adapt their shapes. As a result, an Eindhoven graduate student began sample preparation and experimental testing on a new photoactive polymer film that propels itself forward when exposed to light.

To perform the theoretical research and model the graduate student’s findings, Eindhoven enlisted the help of Robin Selinger, a chemical physics professor at Kent State’s Liquid Crystal Institute. Selinger used high-performance computing resources from the Ohio Supercomputer Center and support from a National Science Foundation grant to explain how and why the material behaves as it does.

Read more about this remarkable material and Selinger’s contribution to the research on Kent State University’s KentWired website.

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