Paula Straub

Paula Straub

Doctoral Researcher

Research Area B

Faculty of Engineering | Department of Microsystems Engineering
University of Freiburg

Phone: +49 761 203 95155


Autonomous light-actuated LCE actuators


Light-responsive liquid crystalline elastomers (LCE)
I am working on liquid crystalline elastomers (LCE). They are often described as artificial muscles due to their ability to actuate upon exposure to specific triggers. In my research, I integrate light-responsive units into the LCE so that the programmed actuation can be induced by light rather than by temperature. By improving the chemistries of these light-responsive units I will enable more specific and efficient actuation.
I am closely collaborating on this project with Jasleen Kaur Lall, who works on integrating the LCE into microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and on building demonstrators and more complex actuation patterns.

First supervisor

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rühe

Publications in livMatS