Research course

Fabrication of Next-Generation Soft Popup Robotics

University of Leeds · School of Mechanical Engineering

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1), or equivalent, in physics, materials or mechanical engineering. If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

The goal of this research is to advance printed-circuit MEMS ‘PopUp’ fabrication technology by exploring its integration into soft systems. This will build on our established link with Harvard University.

Our proposed approach is to focus on highly flexible 2D layer-by-layer fabrication methods that can create PopUp functional 3D mechanisms such as mechanical linkages, actuators, sensors and electronics components in millimetre-scale.

This research will exploit unexplored capabilities of the ‘EPSRC Robotic Facility’ and will complement current ‘Soft Systems’ research for Surgical Technologies. It will also provide enabling technologies for our funded work in healthcare (HTC in Colorectal Therapies and EPSRC IMPRESS).

Keywords: Robotics, Advanced Manufacturing, Millimetre-Scale, Soft Systems, Popup

Fees and funding

This scholarship is part of Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship scheme.

This scholarship is fully funded covering fees and a maintenance of £14,254 in 2016/17

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Dr Ali Alazmani