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Home > Press > Animator, scientist partner to illustrate cover of Advanced Materials

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The cover of the January 19, 2010 issue of the journal Advanced Materials features a photo illustration executed by Martin Rietveld, web director and animator at Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology.

Animator, scientist partner to illustrate cover of Advanced Materials

Baltimore, MD | Posted on February 25th, 2010

Rietveld's work illustrates an article about chemomechanical actuators—grippers that open and close like a hand in response to chemical reactions. The paper is based on the research of lead author, doctoral student Jatinder Randhawa in the laboratory of David Gracias, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and faculty affiliate of the Institute for Nanobiotechnology. Randhawa conceptualized the illustration of his research for the journal cover.

Says Gracias, "Chemomechanical actuation is intellectually appealing since it is widely observed in nature, but chemomechanical actuation is relatively unexplored in human engineering where the dominant strategy to actuate structures is based on electromechanical actuation (i.e. with electrical signals). Here, microstructures open and close reversibly in response to chemical surface oxidation and reduction without the need for any wires or batteries."

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About Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology
The Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT) at Johns Hopkins University brings together researchers from: Bloomberg School of Public Health, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, School of Medicine, Applied Physics Laboratory and Whiting School of Engineering to create new knowledge and new technologies at the interface of nanoscience and medicine.

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