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April 29, 2022 @ 9:50 am 12:15 pm UTC+8

This lecture is a part of the Global Open Courses initiative, launched by Tsinghua University). Unlike the Fall 2021 edition where every lecture of the eight courses will be made available, the Spring 2022 edition will only be making 1-2 lectures openly available to the public (this is mainly because of the misaligned academic calendars across universities globally).

This lecture is a part of the course, “Flexible Materials and Electronics“. The objective of this highly interdisciplinary course is to provide a comprehensive overview of the materials and processes used to design and manufacture flexible electronics, optoelectronics, sensors and actuators. After taking this course, the students should be able to demonstrate theoretical knowledge on flexible materials and the relevant device engineering. Further, latest developments in wearable electronics and optoelectronics, soft robotics, bioelectronic technology, and implications for health-care applications will be thoroughly introduced. Flexible materials, novel approaches and methodologies are expected to open up exciting avenues for the delivery of personalized health care and the connection with internet of things (IoT), as the core idea to be delivered to the students.

This week, the lecture will be covering the fourth unit of the course: “Soft Robotics”, which includes the following topics:

  • Sensors, soft actuators and control
  • Soft interactions
  • Soft robot assistants: potential and challenges

Flexible Materials and Electronics syllabus (Spring 2021).pdf

Time: April 29th, 09:50-12:15, Beijing time (GMT+8)

Link for live stream (and replay): https://www.xuetangx.com/live/QQGKK20220310/QQGKK20220310/11794710/21085591

Xiaomin Xu
Assistant Professor at Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI) and Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School (SIGS), Tsinghua University.


Xiaomin Xu is Assistant Professor and Core-PI at Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI), Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School (SIGS), Tsinghua University. She obtained her B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2011, and Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in 2015. She worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Emergent Matter Science, RIKEN during 2016-2017, and then at the Department of Physics, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, with holding the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship from 2017 to 2019. Her research focuses on functional organic molecules, hybrid low-dimensional materials, and the design of flexible (opto)electronics and bioelectronics. Dr. Xu has published over 30 research articles in prestigious journals including PNAS, Nat. Energy, Chem, Adv. Mater., J. Am. Chem. Soc., etc. with >1800 citations and an H-index of 19. She is currently a member of the Early Career Editorial Advisory Board for Appl. Phys. Rev. of AIP Publishing.


April 29, 2022
9:50 am – 12:15 pm UTC+8
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