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October 2021

MEAM Seminar: “Electrets, Magnetics and Deformation in Soft Materials”

October 5 at 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Zoom – Email MEAM for Link, peterlit@seas.upenn.edu

Soft robotics, energy harvesting, large-deformation sensing and actuation, are just some of the applications that can be enabled by soft dielectrics that demonstrate substantive electromechanical coupling. Imagine now also a material that will produce electricity and deform substantively via a contactless, wireless magnetic signal. Unfortunately, truly soft, naturally occurring piezoelectric or magnetoelectric materials essentially do not exist. In this presentation, I will illustrate how mechanics and the concept of electrets i.e. materials with immobile embedded charges and dipoles, may be…

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