Prof. Dennis M. Kochmann, currently Professor at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), will join the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering (D-MAVT) as Professor of Mechanics and Materials in April 2017.
R&D 100 Award 2016 for simulation software
Nek5000, a software for the simulation of fluid flow and combustion, received the prestigious R&D 100 Award 2016. A team of researchers lead by Dr. Christos Frouzakis and Prof. Konstantin Boulouchos at the Laboratory of Aerothermochemistry and Combustion Systems (LAV) has participated in the development of the software.
Knowledge about 4D printing is highly sought after
With 4D printing, objects from the 3D printer change their shape over time and reconfigure themselves in response to the environment. Kristina Shea, Professor of Engineering, Design and Computing, and her group are researching 4D printing techniques. An SRF 2 "Science Magazine" report.
Foreign objects wrapped in foil
Heart pacemakers or breast implants are often encapsulated in a thick layer of fibrotic tissue. Hylomorph, a spin-off of the Laboratory of Thermodynamics in Emerging Technologies (LTNT), has developed a cellulose film that reduces the formation of fibrosis. An article in the "Tages-Anzeiger".
Robot skin senses objects like a snake
Dr. Raffaele Di Giacomo from the Institute of Mechanical Systems (IMES) has developed a robot skin that senses when humans are in close proximity. In the future humanoid robots could use this sensory feedback to learn about their environment. Several publications report about these research results.