Stoyan Smoukov is Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London and led the Active & Intelligent Materials lab since 2012 at the University of Cambridge. He has published more than 70 journal papers, cited over 2000 times, with H-index of 21, co-founded a startup company for producing nanofibers, and is leading the work on a number of European projects and industrial collaborations.
Current research interests are focused on the fundamentals of confinement, multi-responsive materials, materials for energy storage, as well as geometry and processing technologies for achieving responsiveness. We have demonstrated self-sensing materials and bottom-up fabrication of a number of complex shapes. We want to investigate on-demand responses between materials and living cells. The longer term goal is to create autonomous material robotics, where the materials themselves are the robots.
Artificial morphogenesis in oil droplets, multifunctional materials with multiple responses, nanoscience, nanoparticle synthesis, particle stabilization of emulsions and foams, hybrid interfaces, organic-inorganic materials, shear-spinning, scalable nanofibre fabrication, bottom-up manufacturing methods, reaction-diffusion systems, programmable assembly, autonomous material robotics.
Available equipment and techniques:
Membrane emulsification, Optical microscopy with polarization and (optional) fluorescence, rheology, magneto- rheological fluids, differential scanning calorimetry, Mechanical testing, glass pullers for making fine glass micropipettes for cell manipulation and clamping. Polymer synthesis, sol-gel reactions. 3D cell scaffold manufacturing. 3D Micromanipulators for cells. 3D printing.