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The Center for Micro-BioRobotics, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)
 

   The Center for Micro-BioRobotics (CMBR) of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) is located in Pontedera (Pisa) and it focuses on bioinspired robotics and biomedical nanotechnologies. Ultrathin functional polymeric membranes and nanodevices for diagnosis and treatment are featured topics in this collaboration project.  

Coordinator
Barbara MAZZOLAI, PhD
Coordinator, Center for Micro-BioRobotics, IIT
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    Her current scientific activity focuses on bioinspired soft robotics. The researches aim at designing and developing new robotic solutions and advanced components taking inspiration from nature. The principal biological models of her interest are plants and soft animals, with the aim to design and develop new bioinspired technologies and robotic solutions and to increase the knowledge of the biological system used as models. She has a long experience as Project Manager of European Projects in these fields and she is the Coordinator of the PLANTOID FET-Open European Project. She is Associate Editor for the Journal of Micro-Bio Robotics, and for the Journal of Frontiers in Bionics and Biomimetics. She is member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Soft Robotics, and of the International Journal Applied Bionics and Biomechanics. She is member of the IEEE, and of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and of the Robotics and Automation Society. She is author and co-author of more than 140 publications on ISI Journals and peer-reviewed international conferences proceedings and of ten deposited patents.
bioinspired robotics, biomimetics, soft actuation, inspired materials
Virgilio MATTOLI, PhD
Team Leader, Center for Micro-BioRobotics, IIT
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    His main research interests include smart and bio-inspired materials, nanomaterials, ultra-thin polymeric films, thin film sensors, sensor conditioning, miniaturised acquisition system and biorobotics. He is currently involved in several research projects on these topics. He is author or co-author of more than sixty articles on ISI journals, of more than forty full papers published in peer-reviewed international conferences proceedings and of six deposited patents.
smart and bio-inspired materials, nanomaterials, ultra-thin polymeric films, soft sensors and actuators
Francesco GRECO, PhD
Researcher, Center for Micro-BioRobotics, IIT
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    His main research interests include polymer and nanocomposite smart materials for microrobotics (sensing and actuation), materials for flexible and conformable electronics, smart biointerfaces based on conducting polymers, bio-mimetic materials surfaces, microfabrication and self-assembling of materials. Francesco Greco is the author of 23 peer-reviewed full papers (13 ISI papers), one book chapter, 5 applications of national and international patents and of several communications to international conferences. He is a member of the Materials Research Society (MRS) and of the European ESNAM network (European Scientific Network on Artificial Muscles) and associated COST action MP1003 and EuroEAP, serving as Principal Investigator and Contact Member for the network at CMBR.
electroactive polymers (EAP), conducting polymers, organic bioelectronics, polymer nanofilms, smart materials and interfaces
Gianni CIOFANI, PhD
Researcher, Center for Micro-BioRobotics, IIT
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    His main research interests are in the field of innovative materials for nanomedicine, bio/non-bio interactions, regenerative medicine, and biohybrid devices. For his research activity, he has been awarded with several national and international prizes. In collaboration with the European Space Agency, he also carried out researches on human physiology and cell biology in altered gravity conditions on parabolic flight and with the large diameter centrifuge. He is author or co-author of about 60 ISI papers, one edited book, 9 book chapters, 2 applications of international patents and several communications to international conferences. He serves as Reviewer for about 60 international journals and is Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Nanoscience Letters, of the International Journal of Biological Engineering, and Senior Editor of Nanomaterials & Nanosciences.
nanomedicine, bio-interfaces, nanomaterials, boron nitride nanotube (BNNT)