Programmable materials are materials able to tune and adapt their morphology, properties, and/or functionalities on demand. Such an ability is the result of a proper combination of material intrinsic behavior and structural organization and is fundamental for developing novel simplified solutions that can adapt themselves to application needs or to varying environmental conditions.
The Laboratory of Programmable Materials and Structures aims to achieve a fundamental understanding of the complex interactions between material behavior and geometry. The team exploits this understanding for the engineering of new programmable self-adaptive materials and structures to solve global challenges.
To this aim, the research team combine novel theoretical, computational, and experimental methods.