PIRE research is organized into 5 thrust areas:

Silk-inspired Nanocomposites – Spider/Caddisfly Silk Mimics

Sea Cucumber, Squid Beak and Pine Cone Inspired Adaptive Composites 
Note: the efforts from this Thrust have been shifted to non-NSF funded in vivo work. Materials innovations are now being translated to soft robotic development in Thrust 5.

Excitable Electrolyte Fibers/Gels toward Artificial Neurons

Dynamic and Functional Fibers inspired by the ECM

Soft Robotics Inspired by Worm Locomotion


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