Over the years the ALivE group has explored a large number of application concepts related to scientific material developments on the nano-to micro scale. Several of these investigations are ongoing and involve patenting, licensing and publishing activities. Included in this post are several earlier studies that were exhibited in 2013 for the Wyss Retreat in Boston. Some relate to our work in milli-fluidics, others relate to the study of super-hydrophobic treatments known as SLIPS. The work is conducted jointly with the Adaptive Materials Platform at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, and the Aizenberg Biomineralization and Biomimetics Lab at Harvard SEAS.
Clear fluidic networks can be used as sensors to operate and control electronics and electrical equipment. Optically translucent surface are becoming interactive interfaces that send electrical signals through the mere proximity of the human body.
ALivE team: Anthony Kane
Millifluidic surfaces are not only thermally and electromagnetically active, they can also double as low resolution display based on advancing liquid of different colors in a single vascular network. Computational image analysis, pumps and valve systems are closely integrated.
Layering multiple channels allows for the representation of color, thus extending the range of display options.
Text and images can be simulated with multi-colored liquids in ways that generate recognizable but low-resolution, low cost displays that perform also thermally or as light redirection systems.
ALivE Team: Christian Ervin
Waterguiding Breathable Surfaces
SLIPS treatment of mesh or rod networks can produce waterproof surface morphologies that allow for air and light to pass through. SLIPS treatment allows for the spacing of solid network elements to increase while their maintaining water-shedding properties.
Structural Color Tiles
Functionalizing ceramic or glass surfaces produces novel iridescent effects that actively change with the presence of moisture on the surface.
ALivE Team: Anthony Kane, Natalie Koay