Multi-Functional Devices and Systems: Applications and Emphasis on Global Health

Mon, Feb 15, 2021, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Talk Recording


Artificial Muscle is an exciting emerging field that possesses immense potential for disruptive innovations in lightweight, cheap, and safe robots (from the nanoscale to macroscale) for healthcare, human-robot interactions, environmental and ecological stewardship, and well beyond. The designs and materials used for artificial muscles often exhibit a unique combination of properties that enable them to be used for other purposes such as energy storage, drug delivery systems, and biomedical devices.

In this presentation, first, I will discuss my research works on high-performance artificial muscle technologies. Then I will present how the design strategies for one of the most efficient types of artificial muscles can be used in the design of ultrafast charging supercapacitors for application in robots, wearable devices, electric cars, and the electronic industry in general. Lastly, I will end by proposing some possible research directions for new materials/designs that can give rise to devices with unprecedented capabilities for global health.


Seyed Mo Mirvakili received his BASc degree (honors) in electrical engineering with a minor in nanotechnology and microsystems from UBC in 2011. He joined Molecular Mechatronics Lab in the electrical engineering department at UBC for his MASc degree, where he completed his degree in 2013. He started his PhD in the BioInstrumentation lab in the mechanical engineering department at MIT in 2014 and achieved his degree in 2017. Later, he joined Langer Lab at MIT for his postdoctoral training in 2017. He has initiated and worked on various projects on artificial muscles, energy storage/harvesting devices, biomedical devices, and analog circuit design for the past decade. Seyed has published in more than 15 journals and conference papers, including Science, Science Robotics, Nanoletters, and Advanced Materials. He has received a number of prestigious awards, scholarships, and fellowships, including NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Fellowship, MIT deFlorez Innovation Award, and Leadership Award in Engineering. He is the founder of Seron Electronics and the lead inventor on 8 patent applications.