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Jean-Hubert Olivier

Jean-Hubert Olivier
Program
Beckman Young Investigators

Award Year
2018

Institution
University of Miami

Email:
jh.olivier@miami.edu

Website:
https://www.um-olivierlab.com/

Research Title:
Self-Assembly of Dipole-Oriented Nanoscale Objects to Engineer a New Class of Piezoelectric Materials

Abstract:
The overall goal of this proposal lies in the use of molecular self-assembly and bio-inspired self-replication mechanisms to construct soft, organic piezoelectric materials with bulk polarizabilities exceeding those manifested by inorganic crystals. The emergence of macroscopic electrical polarizability in soft molecular architectures will open new avenues to engineer mechanical energy harvesters and tactile sensors for bourgeoning fields of activity that include soft robotics, nanomedicine, and the development of tactile sensors.

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