Innovation

Providing innovative solutions for engineering problems or challenges is one of the major objectives from our research programme.

Application fields targeted in our innovation programme:

  • Mechanics of micro-electronics: Systems-in-package; flexible electronics; stretchable electronics; electronic or photonic textiles; systems-in-foil
  • Advanced high-tech materials: high-strength steels; light-weight composites; novel metamaterials;
  • Materials for energy: energy storage (battery mechanics); extreme materials (for fusion applications)

Our contributions in some of the key areas are:

  • High-tech Systems and Materials: creep in metallic MEMS; mechanics of interfaces & joints in micro-electronics; thermo-shock materials; advanced composites; packaging materials; mechanics of microsystems;
  • Health: materials for e-health, e.g. stretchable electronics; mechanics of traumatic brain injury; mateials for acoustic shielding
  • Mobility: advanced materials for engine applications; tire-road mechanics;
  • Energy: mechanics of Li-ion batteries; flexible solar cells;

The innovative contributions resulting from our research can be categorized as:

  • Innovative knowledge directly transferred to our industrial partners
    • through written papers/reports/theses
    • through scientists that are employed by industry upon completion of their project
    • through regular contacts and project meetings with industry
    • through internships by MSc and PhD students
  • Computational solution methods, implemented in software, and transferred to industry and/or commercial computational mechanics software suppliers
  • Community service, which is essentially carried out by using state-of-the-art methods and experimental set-ups to answer particular
  • Spin-off activities, e.g. Optimal Forming