A UNLV-led research study group has received a $3.8 million grant from the National Science Structure to produce sophisticated synthetic muscles for use in soft robotics that could one day assistance millions of individuals with disabilities.
Soft robotics is an emerging field where the parts of a robot are made of flexible materials. UNLV engineering professor Kwang Kim and partner scientists from UNLV, Korea, and Japan are establishing brand-new polymer-metal composites to enhance the function and lower the cost of synthetic muscles.
If effective, the artificial muscles established will advance the robotics market and could also be used in medical diagnostics and devices or for intrusive medical systems.
Kim, a pioneer in synthetic muscle research study, will work carefully with UNLV engineering associate and popular robotics specialist Paul Oh.
“The development of synthetic muscles will benefit understanding of approaches that simulate biology and might be applied in lots of fields of engineering and science in connection with soft robotics,” Kim said.
Students will also benefit from the grant through these collaborations with worldwide collaborators, who will provide them with sophisticated skills in cutting-edge soft robotics technologies, Kim included.
The grant was granted through the National Science Structure’s “Partnerships for International Research study and Education” (PIRE) program, designed to strengthen scientific collaboration between U.S. and worldwide researchers. The UNLV project is one of 17 awarded through PIRE today.
“By connecting together scientists from all over the world, PIRE enables us to take advantage of U.S. dollars and improve clinical outcomes,” said Rebecca Keisler of NSF’s Workplace of International Science and Engineering in a release. “These rich collaborations will certainly tackle a few of today’s most important research study concerns.”
International collaborators on the UNLV-led project include researchers from South Korea (Il-Kwon Oh, of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) and Japan (Kinji Asaka, of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Innovation). Other U.S. partners consist of Kam Leang, of the University of Utah; Chulsung Bae, of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and Maurizio Porfiri, of the Polytechnic Institute of New york city University.