Chemomechatronic Devices

Chemomechatronic Devices. Inspired by self-folding robots, we design and develop bio-hybrid systems comprising micro-molded proteins on inorganic substrates that can respond to different aqueous environments by undergoing geometric transformations. Specifically, we investigate how events as simple as  water diffusion initiate reversible shape changes. When modified to include more complex geometries, these controllable shape changes can also be used to selectively trigger multiple folding events, illustrating a platform for chemically-initiated mechanical devices.  Photo credit: Conor Gomes