HYBRID EVENT: You can participate in person at Rome, Italy or Virtually from your home or work.

4th Edition of International Conference on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

September 19-21 | Rome, Italy

September 19 -21, 2024 | Rome, Italy
TERMC 2021

Electroactive polymers as artificial muscle materials: new opportunities for biomaterials and tissue engineering

Federico Carpi, Speaker at Tissue Engineering Conference
University of Florence, Italy
Title : Electroactive polymers as artificial muscle materials: new opportunities for biomaterials and tissue engineering


Electroactive polymers (EAPs) consist of synthetic materials capable of changing dimensions and/or shape in response to an electrical stimulus. They show useful actuation properties, such as sizable active strains and/or stresses, large compliance, low density, low power consumption and ease of processing. In this talk, EAPs will be introduced as a promising technology in order to provide biomaterials and tissue engineering scaffolds with intrinsic actuation capabilities. Ongoing research in our group will be described, showing soft and electromechanically activated bioreactors with inherent cell stretching functions. They are investigated to deliver controllable mechanical stimuli to cell cultures, in order to regulate their developmental processes. The greatest promise of the considered technology relies on its high versatility, compact size, low weight and scalability, as well as low cost.


Federico Carpi is an Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florence, Department of Industrial Engineering, Florence, Italy. He received from the University of Pisa the Laurea degree in Electronic Engineering in 2001, the Ph.D. degree in Bioengineering in 2005 and a second Laurea degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2008. From 2012 to 2016 he has been an Associate Professor (Reader) in Biomedical Engineering and Biomaterials at Queen Mary University of London, School of Engineering and Materials Science, UK. Since 2016, he is with the University of Florence, where he leads the ‘SMART – Soft Matter ARtificial muscles and Transducers’ research group (www.smart.unifi.it). His research interests include smart material-based biomedical and bioinspired mechatronic devices, and polymer artificial muscles. His publications include some 70 articles in international journals, 3 edited books and several contributions to books and conferences.