Nixon Chau

Master of Engineering specialising in Bioengineering

Graduated: 2015

 

Biography

Nixon has a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) specialising in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Auckland (2013). He returned in 2014, to the Auckland Bioengineering Institute to commence a Master of Engineering in Bioengineering.

Thesis

Smart Rubbery Robots

Dielectric elastomer switches (DES) are piezoresistors in which a compression will induce a significant reduction in its resistance. These components can then be used in conjunction with dielectric elastomer actuators (DEA) which undergo mechanical deformation under a high applied voltage, and therefore different soft logic circuits can be constructed.

However, a major problem with the DES is that they are manually fabricated, which leads to unreliability and are prone to damage from the environment as well as the high voltages over time. My project explores new switching materials in order to alleviate some of these problems such that they can be incorporated into soft robotic and prosthetic devices.   
 

Supervisors

 

Research group

Biomimetics Laboratory