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  • New approach to flexible robotics and metamaterials design mimics nature, encourages sustainability

    Researchers at a table with various models of new multimaterial devices.

    Illinois researchers Weichen Li, left, and professor Shelly Zhang demonstrate how optimization theory and computer algorithms may lead the way for soft robotics and metamaterials design.  

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer


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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach Shelly Zhang, call 217-300-1815; email

    The paper “Digital synthesis of free-form multimaterial structures for realization of arbitrary programmed mechanical responses” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2120563119.