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August 24, 2012 – Comments (0)

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Flexible electronics, self-folding structures and controlled photosynthesis on a grand scale
August 24, 2012

http://phys.org/news/2012-08-flexible-electronics-self-folding-photosynthesis-grand.html

The objective of the EFRI project led by Daniela Rus of MIT is to create computational materials whose properties can be programmed to achieve specific shapes and/or mechanical properties, such as stiffness, upon command. The results of this research could transform the way we build machines.

Credit: Daniela Rus, MIT The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced 15 Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) grants for fiscal year 2012, awarding nearly $30 million to 68 investigators at 26 institutions.

During the next four years, teams of researchers will pursue transformative, fundamental research in three emerging areas: flexible electronic systems that can better interface with the body; design of self-folding materials and structures; and optimizing large-scale chemical production from photosynthesis. Results from this research promise to improve human health, engineering design and manufacturing, and energy sustainability.


Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-08-flexible-electronics-self-folding-photosynthesis-grand.html#jCp

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