UvA physicist Corentin Coulais has been nominated for the title of Scientific Talent 2018, a competition organised by the New Scientist magazine. Coulais, who researches machine materials, is among 25 nominees from the Netherlands and Belgium. A public vote and a jury report will decide who get's the chance to pitch their research in a final selection round. The voting is on the New Scientist website from today until 6 May.
Coulais’ research focuses on ‘machine materials’: artificial materials with programmable and interactive behavior. Using 3d printing techniques, he and his team members design and investigate materials with novel machine-like properties such as shape morphing or the ability to transmit motion in a single direction only. Such properties are not found in nature and have an impressive range of potential applications, from medical protheses to shock dampers for car and aerospace industries.
The dream of Corentin Coulais is to further develop the machine materials, together with his team, students and companies. Coulais: 'The combination of 'toys' and top science is great fun and satisfying, and the possibilities with a 3D printer are endless. You can immediately realise and test new, crazy ideas. In this way we develop the materials of the future that you will find in our shoes, bicycles, cars and even satellites in ten to twenty years'
Corentin in a video of Folia about his research:
You can now vote on your favourite candidates through the New Scientist website. Based on the public vote and an equally weighed jury decision, the final five candidates will be selected and will get a chance to pitch their research during the New Scientist Live event in Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht on 31 May. At the end of that evening, the jury will reveal the winner of the title of Scientific Talent 2018.