Lucas C. van Laake

Lucas C. van Laake
AMOLF · Soft Robotic Matter

Master of Science

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Introduction
Novel ways to control of fluidic actuators soft Total Artificial Heart (Hybrid Heart project) Soft robotics Non-linear mechanics

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Despite exciting developments in soft robotics, fully autonomous systems remain elusive. Fluidic circuits could enable fully embedded control of soft robots without using electronics. In this work, we introduce a simple and compact soft valve with intentional hysteresis, analogous to an electronic relaxation oscillator. By integrating the valve wit...
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Significance In the last century, robots have been revolutionizing our lives, augmenting human actions with greater precision and repeatability. Unfortunately, most robotic systems can only operate in controlled environments. While increasing the complexity of the centralized controller is an instinctive direction to enable robots that are capable...
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A method and apparatus providing controlled growth and assembly of nanostructures is presented. A first substrate including at least one reaction site is provided. Energy is provided to the reaction site and a reaction species is introduced to the first substrate. A nanostructure is grown from the reaction site. The growth process of the nanostruct...
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We present a detailed study of the influence of carbon nanotube (CNT) characteristics on the electrical conductivity of polystyrene nanocomposites produced using a latex-based approach. We processed both industrially-produced multi-wall CNT (MWCNT) powders and MWCNTs from vertically-aligned films made in-house, and demonstrate that while the raw CN...
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Rapid continuous thermal control of chemical reactions such as those for chemical vapor deposition (CVD) growth of nanotubes and nanowires cannot be studied using traditional reactors such as tube furnaces, which have large thermal masses. We present the design, modeling, and verification of a simple, low-cost reactor based on resistive heating of...
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Monolithic aligned carbon nanotubes (CNT) are grown to heights of multiple millimeters by using a desktop apparatus, where the reaction temperature is localized to a resistively heated silicon platform. CNTs are grown to 3-mm thickness in 15 minutes at a platform temperature of 810°C at atmospheric pressure. Full-view optical access to the platform...

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A Total Artificial Heart (TAH) completely replaces a patient’s heart in a procedure similar to a heart transplant. The Hybrid Heart project aims to optimize performance of its TAH by developing and combining new tissue engineering, transcutaneous energy transfer and soft robotics concepts. Being part of the Soft Robotic Matter group at AMOLF, I focus on the fundamentals of rationally designed soft sensors, actuators, etc. and their application. Specifically I work on novel control mechanisms for the soft robotics heart, with a focus on intrinsically stable systems without the use of electronics.