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New at livMatS: Junior Research Group Leader Viacheslav Slesarenko

The Engineer develops a new class of adaptive metamaterials

Mar 17, 2021

Engineer Dr. Viacheslav Slesarenko has joined livMatS as one of three new Junior Research Group leaders in the cluster. Over the next few months, he will establish his group in the interdisciplinary environment of livMatS. Slesarenko’s research is devoted to mechanical metamaterials that possess unique properties due to their intricate internal architecture.

His main goal is to develop a new class of active metamaterials that can adapt to diverse environmental conditions by altering their architecture, and learn from the previous experience by accumulating such changes through time. The metamaterials will contribute to the overall sustainability of materials, since there is no need to fabricate a new one for a specific task if the existing one can adapt autonomously or can be retrained. By using the synergy between the core areas of the Cluster of Excellence, Slesarenko in collaboration with other researchers will expand these ideas and transfer them from an academic setting to industrial and commercial applications.

Slesarenko completed his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering in 2013 at Saint Petersburg State University in Russia. He then moved to the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology to pursue his interests in the emerging fields of 3D printing and mechanical metamaterials. He contributed to a number of projects devoted to bioinspired composites, architected materials, and soft robotics. Recently, Slesarenko won the “Marie Curie FRIAS COFUND Fellowship” of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) at the University of Freiburg with a project devoted to reconfigurable mechanical metamaterials that can undergo intricate transformations. He then moved as a fellow to FRIAS in 2019. In October 2020, he joined the livMatS Cluster.

Website of Viacheslav Slesarenko

In a video, Slesarenko talks about the benefits of metamaterials.