4D Printed Soft-Matter Robotics: Materials, Fabrication and Applications
H. Furukawa and A. Khosla @ 239th ECS Meeting (June, 2021)

Soft & Wet matter Engineering Lab (SWEL)

Soft and Wet matter Engineering Laboratory at Yamagata University: Furukawa-Kawakami-Ogawa-Khosla-Shiblee-Watanabe Interdisciplinary Research Group.

Keywords: 3D gel printing,  3D printing, synthesis of polymer gels, DLS analysis, mechanical analysis, single molecule force spectroscopy, and simulation.

We aim to develop Gel Mechanics, Gel Photonics, and Gel Robotics to study the sciences and mechanical engineerings of advanced soft & wet materials.

Introduction of SWEL PI

Hidemitsu “Hide” Furukawa|古川ヒデミツ
(Co-Chair of 2021 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (JAFOE) at The Engineering Academy of Japan)

Born in Tokyo in 1968. He received a doctorate in Physics at Tokyo Institute of Technology. After assistant professors at Tokyo Institute of Technology Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and associate professor at Hokkaido University,  he joined Yamagata University as associate professor in 2009, and launched the Soft & Wet Matter Engineering Laboratory (SWEL). He was promoted to full professor in 2012 and he is directing SWEL.

In June 2013 he founded the Life-3D Printing Innovation Center (LPIC) and became the center chair, and started developing 3D printer research. In January 2014 he joined the founder of the Yamagata Makers Network (YMN) and become the director. In February 2014 He started the “Yonezawa ITADAKIMAS (pray for food) Research Group” and became the representative. In August 2014, he set up the station fab named “EkiFab” at Yonezawa station 2F and became the management representative. In September 2015, he opened the Polymer Future School named “Mirai Juku” website from the Polymer Society of Japan and became the first president.

Currently, with the aim of creating a new 3D printing industry, he co-founded D-Light Matter, Inc. in November 2016 and became a special technical advisor to strengthen 3D printing technology of polymer gels. In March 2017, he launched the Soft Matter Robotics Consortium, which aims to develop flexible material robot technology using 3D printers.