The Smart Materials and Robotics Laboratory is an interdisciplinary research lab within the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We are creating new multifunctional materials that are safe for human interaction and exhibit the extraordinary resilience of natural biological tissue. These efforts lie in the emerging fields of wearable computing, soft robotics, and robotic materials.


  • Wearable Computing
    Electronic skin for gesture monitoring

  • Robotics
    Soft robotic quadruped

  • Advanced Material Development
    Robust soft-matter electronics
  • RECENT NEWS

    2020-

    August-
    Our research receives support from NASA Nebraska Space Grant.
    August-
    Prof. Markvicka gave an invited seminar as part of UNL, UNMC, and UNO team at the Great Plains IDeA CTR Network seminar series.
    August-
    Congratulations to Ethan Krings and Eric Vander Woude Jr for receiving a NASA Nebraska Space Grant Fellowship to support their research projects.
    July-
    Our research receives support from the University of Nebraska Collaboration Initiative. Project funded in collaboration with Profs. Stephen Rennard (UNMC), Jenna Yentes (UNO), and Kathryn Cooper (UNO).
    July-
    Paper led by Prof. Markvicka on wireless electronic skins for direct integration with existing robotic manipulators was accepted to IROS 2020.
    June-
    Paper led by Sara Abdollahi on 3D printed patient-specific wearable devices is published in the Advanced Healthcare Materials.
    April-
    Our research receives support from NASA Nebraska EPSCoR.
    April-
    Congratulations to Aaron Haake and Vince Chong for receiving 2020-2021 academic year UCARE funding.
    March-
    Paper led by Teresa Kent on liquid crystal elastomer actuators is published in the Journal of Multifunctional Materials.
    March-
    Paper led by Tingyu Cheng on inkjet-printed circuits (Silver Tape) is published in the Proceedings of the ACM IMWUT.
    January-
    SMRL welcomes new graduate student Matt McManigal. Matt is co-advised with Prof. Elizabeth Wellsandt.

    2019-

    October-
    Prof. Markvicka gave an invited seminar at the UNL College of Engineering Biomedical Engineering seminar series.
    October-
    Congratulations to Aaron Haake for receiving the John A Woollam Foundation Scholarship for the 2019-2020 AY.
    October-
    Paper on multifunctional shape-morphing elastomer is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
    September-
    Paper on low-temperature thermoelectric wearables is published in Advanced Functional Materials.
    August-
    Congratulations to Ethan Krings for receiving the NASA Nebraska Space Grant Fellowship.
    August-
    Our research receives support from NASA Nebraska Space Grant.
    July-
    Prof. Markvicka is part of UNL/UNMC team funded by Science, Engineering, and Medicine Initiative to study wearable motion tracking system. Project is led by Prof. Elizabeth Wellsandt (UNMC).
    June-
    Our lab hosted NCIA Sovereign Native Youth STEM Leadership Academy students.
    May-
    Paper on soft electronic skin for multi-site damage detection and localization is published in Advanced Functional Materials.
    May-
    Congratulations to incoming PhD student Jason Finnegan for receiving the Chancellor's Fellowship.
    May-
    Congratulations to Marco Fabietti and Will Brovold for receiving 2019-2020 academic year UCARE funding.
    March-
    Congratulations to Aaron Haake and Will Brovold for receiving the John A Woollam Foundation Scholarship.
    March-
    Congratulations to Aaron Haake for receiving summer UCARE funding.
    January-
    Our first piece of equipment, a UV laser micromachining system, has been installed.
    January-
    Our journey begins at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln!

    We are grateful for the support from the following organizations:

  • Nebraska Tobacco Settlement Biomedical Research Development Fund


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