on February 7, 2023
Published on January 9, 2023 Updated on January 23, 2023

Guest Lecture: Cédric Plesse

Cédric Plesse photo
Cédric Plesse photo

Smart electroactive Polymers that contract, expand, sense and self-heal

Cédric Plesse is Professor of polymer chemistry and deputy director at the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Polymers and Interfaces (LPPI) of CY Cergy Paris Université.


Although organic polymers such as rubbers and ‘plastics’ are widely known to be electrical insulators, specific classes of polymeric materials can transport electrical charges and respond to electrical stimulation. On the opposite of classical, stiff, heavy and bulky actuation technologies such as electrical motors or thermal engines, these new classes of smart materials offer exciting possibilities of developing biomimetic precursors of soft artificial muscles, converting an electrical energy into a mechanical contraction. During this presentation, the development of such smart and soft polymeric materials will be presenting through the prism of macromolecular chemistry. Materials that can bend, contract, expand, sense and self-heal will be described for innovative applications in the fields of soft robotics, biomedical devices, microsystems and smart textiles.


Date: 7 February 2023 from 12:30 to 14:00

The hybrid guest lecture is organised in person at the Auditorium of MIR in Neuville-sur-Oise and remotely on Zoom.

To attend the remote guest lecture, please connect to Zoom: https://cyu-fr.zoom.us/j/95724854370

Meeting ID: 957 2485 4370

The video will be online on the CY AS YouTube channel