Dr. Bo Cao

Dr. Bo Cao

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Area C

Cluster of Excellence livMatS @ FIT – Freiburg Center for Interactive Materials and Bioinspired Technologies

Phone: +49 761 203 98561 | +49 761 203 95323


Programmable materials on the basis of mechanical meta-materials and smart materials
Programmable metamaterials display distinctive conditional behaviors through a combination of logical elements and functions. Thus, the implementation of nature-inspired materials systems with complex systems functions into engineering solutions gets within reach.
Traditional artificial functional systems are less flexible in adapting to changes in the external environment when compared to biological plants that need to ensure survival and growth. However, programmable metamaterials with built-in logical conditions (for example if–then–else expressions) may make self-healing and self-repair functions available for engineering applications. In my research, I transfer biological mechanisms into programmable metamaterials and discuss the processes that are necessary for their implementation into technological solutions.

First supervisor

Prof. Chris Eberl