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 soft multifunctional materials that are safe for human interaction and exhibit unique combinations of electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties.
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
Congratulations to Sequoia Truong who was selected as the top poster from the biomedical engineering REU program at the annual Summer Research Symposium.
Our research receives support from a local Nebraska business with matching support from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.
Congratulations to Ethan Krings, Spencer Pak, and Kasey Moomau for receiving a NASA Nebraska Space Grant Fellowship to support their research projects.
Our research receives support from the University of Nebraska Collaboration Initiative. Project funded in collaboration with Profs. Stephen Rennard (UNMC), Brian Lowes (UNMC), Ran Dai (UNMC), Kathryn Cooper (UNO), and Jenna Yentes (Texas A&M).
Our lab has moved into the brand new Engineering Research Center (ERC).
Jason successfully defends his master's thesis! He will start at Marble Technologies this spring.
Aaron Haake presents at the Fall Materials Research Society (MRS) Meeting (virtual) on additive manufacturing of functional emulsions. This work is in collaboration with Prof. Michael Bartlett's group from VT.
Prof. Markvicka gave an invited seminar at University of New Hampshire in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Prof. Markvicka gave an invited talk at the Midwest Applied Materials Symposium (MAMS).
Our research receives support from NASA Nebraska EPSCoR.
SMRL welcomes new graduate student Renick Wilson and undergraduate student Hee-Chan Han.
Our research receives support from the Great Plains IDeA-CTR. Project funded in collaboration with Profs. Stephen Rennard (UNMC), Jenna Yentes (UNO), Kathryn Cooper (UNO), Ran Dai (UNMC), James McClay (UNMC), and Chad Vokoun (UNMC).
SMRL welcomes new undergraduate students Bridget Peterkin, Bryce Yong, Chong Jun Hong Vince, and Melissa Holmes.
Our research receives support from NASA Nebraska Space Grant.
Prof. Markvicka gave an invited seminar as part of UNL, UNMC, and UNO team at the Great Plains IDeA CTR Network seminar series.
Congratulations to Ethan Krings and Eric Vander Woude Jr for receiving a NASA Nebraska Space Grant Fellowship to support their research projects.
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).
Paper led by Prof. Markvicka on wireless electronic skins for direct integration with existing robotic manipulators was accepted to IROS 2020.