Most of my work resides at the intersection of mechanical engineering, materials science and biology. I am most interested in taking inspiration from biological systems to create controllable materials that involve primarily geometric aspects of the material. Creating these controllable materials generally involves the design, fabrication and testing of nano to meso-scale structures. I am currently working on the gecko synthetic adhesive project in the Biomimetic Millisystems lab under Ron Fearing.
Here's some stuff I'm currently working on:
- 2 Axis Force Displacement Testing
- Self cleaning of hard polymer fibrillar surfaces
Here is a list of my publications and CV:
Birkmeyer P, Gillies AG, Fearing RS. CLASH: Climbing Vertical Loose Cloth. In: 2011 IEEERSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems IROS2011. ; 2011:5087-5093.
Gillies AG, Fearing RS. Shear Adhesion Strength of Thermoplastic Gecko-Inspired Synthetic Adhesive Exceeds Material Limits. Langmuir. 2011;27(18):11278-11281.
Zhang X, Pint CL, Lee MH, Schubert BE, Jamshidi A, Takei K, Ko H, Gillies A, Bardhan R, Urban JJ, Wu M, Fearing R, Javey A. Optically- and thermally-responsive programmable materials based on carbon nanotube-hydrogel polymer composites. Nano Letters. 2011;11(8):3239-3244.
Takei K, Takahashi T, Ho JC, Ko H, Gillies AG, Leu PW, Fearing RS, Javey A. Nanowire active-matrix circuitry for low-voltage macroscale artificial skin. Nature Materials. 2010;9(10):821-826.
Gillies AG, Fearing RS. A micromolded connector for reconfigurable millirobots. Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering. 2010;20(10):105011.
(Invited) Price, A., Berndt, C.S., Deluca, J.M., Farra, N., Gillies, A.G., Kopec, M.O., and Naguib, H.E. Synthesis and evaluation of ionic electroactive polymer actuators. CANSMART conference. 10p, Montreal QC, Oct. 10-11, 2007.