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Zane Zondaka

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 University of Tartu

 

 Zane has graduated from Riga Technical University, Latvia and has been awarded bachelor of science degree of  chemical engineering and professional master degree in nanoengineering. Over past years she has worked in  laboratories around Europe: Riga Biomaterials innovation and development centre (Latvia), INESC-MN  (Portugal), Estonian Nanotechnology competnece centre (Estonia) and Institute of solid state physics (Latvia).

 

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Yong Zhong

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Linköping University

Yong Zhong received his Master’s degree in polymer science from University of Science and Technology of China in 2012. After that he worked for 3 years and gained some experience in microfabrication techniques and UV curable polymer adhesive system. In 2015, he joined the MICACT network to work on a Marie Curie ITN project that is to prepare photopatternable solid polymer electrolytes and then use them to construct microactuator systems that can operate in air for biomedical applications.

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Manav Tyagi

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Linköping University

 

Manav graduated with master's degree in Nanotechnology from Amity University, India. He worked on Quantum Dots and Organic Electronics during his summer internships, complemented with a long-term project on VLSI Design & Simulation using CAD/EDA tools on open source platform at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. During his master's thesis at IMEC, Belgium, he developed a novel UV Lithography process to fabricate Ferroelectric Field-effect Transistors, towards realising cheap Non-volatile Memory for RFID applications.

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Kätlin Rohtlaid

Université de Cergy Pontoise

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Kätlin Rohtlaid graduated from Tallinn University of Technology and earned bachelor degree in technology of materials. Then she continued her studies in University of Tartu and worked with conducting polymer actuators. After finishing her master’s degree in materials science in 2015, she joined MICACT project.

 

Kätlin joined LPPI (Laboratoire de Physicochimie des Polymères et des Interfaces) laboratory in Université de Cergy Pontoise. The goal of her work is to fabricate conducting-IPN microactuators and integrate them into microsystems. The design and synthesis of the electroactive polymers, the ion reservoir membrane and the actuator will be carried out in the Université de Cergy Pontoise.

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Susana Solano Arana

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Technische Universität Darmstadt

Susana Solano Arana graduated from the University of Malaga, Spain, in Chemical Engineering.  She did her Master Thesis at the RWTH Aachen University, in Aachen (Germany), in the ammonia sensors field. Then she worked as an early stage researcher for one year under a European Project on vanadium batteries at the University of Padova (Italy).

In December 2015, she joined the MICACT network at the Technical University of Darmstadt, in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology in Darmstadt (Germany). Her research focuses on the integration of multilayer elastomer actuators in micro-electro-mechanical systems.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Helmut F. Schlaak

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NGUYEN NGOC Tan

Organization: Institut d’Electronique de Microélectronique et de Nanotechnologies UMR-8520

Address:Université de Villeneuve d'Ascq Cité Scientifique, Avenue Poincaré BP 60069, 59652 Villeneuve d'Ascq Cedex, FRANCE

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NGUYEN NGOC Tan graduated from Danang University of Technology in Vietnam. Then, he continued to pursue his study in Lab of Precision Manufacturing and Technology at Inje University in Korea. After finishing his MSc degree in Mechanical engineering, he went to work in Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials for few months. In there, he had responsibility to deal with the modelling and compensation of Roll-to-roll printing system which is applied for Printed Electronic devices. Some months later, he decided to make further studying by joining in MICACT project.

Now he is one of member in MAMINA team in IEMN which belong to CNRS in France.

 

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Queen Mary University of London

  Michele graduated in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pisa (Italy) and worked as a research fellow at Queen Mary University of London in Federico Carpi's S.M.A.R.T. group for a nine-months project starting at the end of 2014.

During his studies and work he participated to several training schools and conferences, and worked at projects in the field of Dielectric Elastomer Actuators (DEAs) collaborating with other institutions (EMPA, EPFL).

In 2015 he joined the MICACT network to carry on his research on DE-based adaptive optics devices.

Supervisor: James Busfield, Federico Carpi 

Queen Mary University of London

 

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Victor H. Pascual

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Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena

 

Víctor holds a bachelor degree in Physics from the University of Valladolid, after which, he gained some teaching experience before moving to the United Kingdom where he was awarded a MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering by the University of Dundee, place where he focused his career on research, first as a master student at the IMSaT (Institute for Medical Science & Technology) and then as a research assistant at the School of Engineering and Physics and Mathematics.

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Joana Costa

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IVTECH

Joana Costa graduated in Bioengineering from the University of Porto, Portugal, specializing in Molecular Biotechnology. During this period she was involved in research projects in the fields of Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Tissue Engineering. In 2015 she joined the MICACT network to work at the integration of the EAP technology for tissue engineering applications.

Joana is a PhD student of the University of Pisa and an employee of IVTech, a company focused on the production of systems for the refinement of the in vitro models. She currently works at the research center ‘E. Piaggio’ and at the ‘Istituto di Fisiologia Clinica’ of the ‘Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche’ in Pisa, Italy.

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Eswaran Murugasen

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Université Paris Diderot

 

Eswaran graduated Bachelors & Masters in Chemistry from Madurai Kamaraj University, India. Then he worked as a researcher in India as well as Germany in electrochemical energy storage and conversion topics.Currently he is working in the topic of photoelectrochemical actuators in University Paris 7 in nanoelectrochemistry group.

Alessandro Iannarelli

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Delft University of Technology

 

Alessandro obtained his bachelor degree in General Physics back in 2011 at University of Pisa (Italy). In 2011, He moved to Polytechnic University of Turin (Italy) at the faculty of Nanotechnology Engineering for ICT systems, where he graduated in 2014.

Meanwhile (2012), he has been researcher fellow at Boston University (Massachusset, USA) in the Electrical & Computing Engineering department for 8 months.

Starting from May 2015 he is a PhD Candidate at TU Delft in the faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer science in the department of Electrical Sustainable Energy, for R&D of Artificial Muscles/Micro Actuator using Electroactive Polymers.

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Johanna Schumacher

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Arquimea Ingeneria S.L

  

 Johanna received her bachelor degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2014 at the University of Applied Science Hamburg, Germany. She continued her studies at the University of Dundee, Scotland, and graduated in autumn 2015.

In September 2015, Johanna joined the Micact Network as an employee of Arquimea Ingeneria S.L. and a PhD student at the University of Cartagena.  Her research project focuses on material characterization and designing applications for dual sensing and actuation artifical muscles based on conducting polymers.

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Sunjai Nakshatharan

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 Estrotech OÜ and Intelligent Materials and Systems Laboratory

University of Tartu

Sunjai Nakshatharan completed his bachelor’s in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and MS (by Research) in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from Anna University and National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli (India) respectively. Then he worked as research intern in Continental Automotive Systems (India) on development and testing of shape memory alloy based haptic feedback gas pedal. He also worked as Electrical Engineer for a concise period in design and modelling of DC motors for an electrical machines manufacturing industry.

He joined MICACT in 2015 and is currently associated with Estrotech OÜ and Intelligent Materials and Systems Laboratory, University of Tartu, Estonia. His research is focused on development of electromechanical model and real time control of ionic polymer actuators/sensors.

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Sam Schlatter

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Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

Sam Schlatter graduated from the University of Auckland (New Zealand) with a bachelor in Mechatronics Engineering. He then joined the Biomimetics Lab at the University of Auckland to work on artificial muscles. There he worked as an engineer, completed a Master’s Degree, and eventually joined his colleagues to help build the company that is now known as StretchSense Limited. His passion has now led him to EPFL where he will continue to research the exciting field of Dielectric Elastomer Actuators.

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Xiaobin Ji

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Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

 

Xiaobin Ji obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees at the Université de Cergy-Pontoise in France. His PhD research at the EPFL, in collaboration with UCP, is to develop microfabrication technologies and novel materials processing techniques leading to multilayer DEA devices with very low actuation voltage (below 100V).

 

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