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Abdon Pena-Francesch

Assistant Professor
Materials Science and Engineering

Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart
PhD, Engineering Science and Mechanics, Penn State University
M.Sc., Chemical Engineering, Institut Químic de Sarrià, Barcelona
B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Institut Químic de Sarrià, Barcelona

Our lab is an interdisciplinary research group working on biomaterials science, polymer chemistry, soft matter physics, and nanotechnology, with a focus on exploring biological and bioinspired functional materials to develop solutions for healthcare, robotics, bioengineering, and environmental applications. You are welcome to visit our website and find more details here:


Microrobot technologies for targeted therapy

University Affiliation(s)

MACRO | MSE | Robotics Institute

Research Area(s)

Biofilms | Sensors and Wearables | Targeted therapies | technology


  • Principal investigator of: Bio-based multifunctional nanofillers for sustainable nitrile rubber
  • Principal investigator of: Programmable Soft Magnetic Surfaces for Mobility Haptic Applications
  • Principal investigator of: Adaptive Polymer Networks through Dynamic Covalent Bonds - 2022 Sloan Research Fellowship
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