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MICroACTuators

MICroACTuators

Objective

Electroactive polymers (EAP) consist of materials capable of changing dimensions and/or shape in response to electrical stimuli. Most EAPs are also capable of generating electrical energy in response to applied mechanical forces. These polymeric materials exhibit properties well beyond what conventional metal or plastic-based actuators can offer, including very high mechanical flexibility (can be stretched to twice their initial size), low density, a high grade of processability, scalability, microfabrication readiness and, in most cases, low cost. Micro-EAPs enable a new broad range of applications for which large strains and forces are desirable, and for which built-in intelligence is necessary.
The main objective of the project will be the improvement of the career perspectives (in academia and in industry) of young researchers by training them at the forefront of research in the field of smart soft systems made of EAP microactuators for advanced miniaturized devices. The overall objective for the scientific programme is research and development of EAP materials and their integration for industrial applications. Special attention will be devoted to the development of microactuators. The field of smart materials is growing extremely fast. Materials whose stiffness and shape can be controlled, and that are capable of sensing their shape allow new classes of compliant complex systems. Through the MICACT programme, we hope to ensure that European researchers keep their leading role in this blossoming field, and to help them transition to industrial positions.

Coordinator

TARTU ULIKOOL

Address

Ulikooli 18
51005 Tartu

Estonia

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 226 264,68

Participants (11)

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UNIVERSITE DE CERGY-PONTOISE

France

EU Contribution

€ 262 875,60

LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 527 318,64

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 262 875,60

QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 273 287,88

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE CARTAGENA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 247 872,96

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 255 374,28

UNIVERSITE PARIS DIDEROT - PARIS 7

France

EU Contribution

€ 262 875,60

IVTECH SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 258 061,32

ARQUIMEA INGENIERIA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 247 872,96

ESTROTECH OU

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 226 264,68

Partners (9)

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Suzhou Institute of Nano-tech and Nano-bionics

University British Columbia

ARTIS a business of AVON polymer products Ltd

University of Auckland

Brain Vision Systems

Consiglio Nazionale di Ricerca

University of Wollongong

Single Buoy Mooring Inc

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 641822

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 300 160,68

  • EU contribution

    € 3 300 160,68

Coordinated by:

TARTU ULIKOOL

Estonia