The Advanced Polymer Research Lab (APRL) at the University of Texas at Dallas is led by McDermott Faculty member Prof. Walter Voit and explores fundamental thermomechanics of smart polymers. We are located in the Natural Science Engineering Research Laboratory (NSERL) on the UT Dallas campus in Richardson, TX.
APRL researchers hail from a variety of disciplines including Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Biology and Biochemistry. We explore fundamental and applied problems in polymer science and engineering with a special focus on shape memory polymers.
Research thrusts include efforts in flexible electronics, smart neural interfaces, radiation processing of materials, 3D printing, energy harvesting, homeland security, biomedical devices, sensors for intellignet packaging, sensors for extreme environments, wearable electronics, implantable electroincs, phased array radars, triple shape polymers, acoustic metamaterials, and electromagnetic metamaterials.
Development efforts include ultra-comfortable earpieces (with Syzygy Memory Plastics), cortical and peripheral probes (wired and wireless), multi-electrode arrays, cell-culture dishes, nerve-cuff electrodes, RFID antennas, temperature indicators, strain and pressure gages, smart orthotics and prosthetics and cochlear implants.