Advanced Materials

Composite Materials: Robotic Tentacles with Three-Dimensional Mobility Based on Flexible Elastomers (Adv. Mater. 2/2013)

Authors

  • Ramses V. Martinez,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
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  • Jamie L. Branch,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
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  • Carina R. Fish,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
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  • Lihua Jin,

    1. School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
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  • Robert F. Shepherd,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
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  • Rui M. D. Nunes,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
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  • Zhigang Suo,

    1. Kavli Institute for Bionano Science & Technology, Harvard University, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    2. School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
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  • George M. Whitesides

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    2. Kavli Institute for Bionano Science & Technology, Harvard University, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    3. Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University, 60 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    • Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.
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Abstract

The front cover image illustrates a soft robotic tentacle with a textured surface fabricated by composing flexible elastomers using soft lithographic molding. These soft tentacles can manipulate delicate objects and house functional components that extend their capabilities (for example, a video camera). More details can be found in the article by George M. Whitesides and co-workers on page 205.

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