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Dr Morteza Amjadi is an assistant professor in the Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering (IMPEE) at Heriot-Watt University, UK. He received his Dr Sc. in Mechanical Engineering jointly from Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and ETH Zurich in 2018. He obtained his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 2014, and B.Sc. in Automotive Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST) in 2012. Prior to joining Heriot-Watt in May 2019, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Physical Intelligence Department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems.

Dr Amjadi has published over a dozen papers in high-impact journals including Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, Advanced Functional Materials, and Advanced Science. Some of his publications are among highly cited papers in the fields of flexible sensors, advanced materials, and nanocomposites. In 2018, he has been nominated for the prestigious Otto Hahn Medal, awarded by the Max Planck Society to young scientists for their outstanding scientific achievements. He received the best presentation award in KMEMS2014 conference. Additionally, he serves as a peer reviewer for over 25 journals and conferences such as Advanced Functional Materials, Soft Robotics, Materials Horizons, Nanoscale, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Carbon, Advanced Electronic Materials, Journal of Materials Chemistry B and C, Advanced Materials Technologies, Soft Mater, Materials & Design, Advanced Engineering Materials, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), and IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS).

Research interests

Dr Amjadi leads the Integrated Soft Machines Lab (ISML) where he aims to design multifunctional soft machines utilizing novel mechanical designs, advanced materials, bioinspired structures, and digital manufacturing processes. Such soft systems have many applications, ranging from wearable medical devices for healthcare monitoring to non-invasive surgical tools and soft robots for safe human-robot interaction. The main research themes of the ISML are:

  • Wearable Sensors for Healthcare: Current trend in the design of wearable and skin-mountable sensors is to combine functional nanomaterials with flexible polymers in the form of nanocomposites. In fact, nanomaterials serve as sensing elements while polymers are employed as support materials thanks to their human friendliness. The ISML concentrates on nanocomposites-based flexible sensors for human motion detection, personalized healthcare, and soft robotics.
  • Bioinspired Structures: Nature provides plenty of inspiration for the development of smart materials. For instance, spiders can sense extremely small mechanical vibrations through their crack-shaped slit organs. Geckos adhere to complex surfaces with their adhesive pads consisting dense arrays of fine hairs. Inspired by such biological systems, the ISML seeks to design high-performance wearable sensors, soft robots, and skin adhesives.
  • Soft Robotics: Soft robots offer safe interaction with the human body and soft biological materials. Flexible sensors and actuators are the key components of soft robots, enabling them to propel and sense the surrounding environment, respectively. The ISML advances the design and fabrication of programmable soft actuators, together with their integration with flexible sensors towards multifunctional soft machines.
  • Digital Manufacturing of Soft Machines: Despite notable progress on the fabrication of individual soft sensors, actuators, energy storage, and electronic circuits, compact and reliable packaging of all these components remains challenging. The ISML focuses on digital manufacturing techniques to facilitate the transfer of large-area computer-aided designs into low-cost and robust multifunctional soft systems.

Research Group Contact Details

Please explore the website of the ISML to find out more about our research, openings, and collaboration opportunities.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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