Frebonics- Nature inspired engineering


Project Description

Nature has amazing mysteries. The vast ecosystem is balanced in impeccable efficient manner. Take an example, butterfly. How do they choose flowers to fly around? How their wings are so colorful? How to they morph from a larva to a full blown butterfly? How do they fly? All these are essentially vast set of engineering: motor mechanics, materials and bits of devices here and there synchronized via physics and mathematics. In this project, we explore such engineering in nature and inspired by that learning we simply complex engineering to address global challenges and augment the quality of our life. We believe by integration of freeform electronics (physically flexible, stretchable and reconfigurable in shape and size) with robotics we can imagine and create various frebonics which can essentially be used for advanced healthcare like prosthetics, artificial organs, advanced environmental monitoring, security and self-driven vehicular technology. We are presently working on understanding how flowers bloom: from a tiny entity when it blossoms completely – imagine a display system like your 5.5” iPhone when stretched becomes a 55” television. Fusion of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, bioengineering, chemistry, civil (structural) engineering, computer science, material science and engineering, we envision to make such a singular gadget which can be reconfigured adaptively in shape and size. This is just one example and there are many – we look forward to working with you!​​
Program - Electrical Engineering
Division - Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering
Field of Study - ​Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Bio Engineering, Computer Science (Robotics, Automation), Civil Engineering (Structural Engineering), Physics, Material Science and Engineering

About the

Muhammad Mustafa Hussain

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Muhammad Mustafa Hussain
Prof. Hussain's research is in transformational electronics and includes discovering new applications for web integrated electronics using CMOS compatible processes to transform materials, device architectures, substrates, waste materials into impactful resources including high-performance flexible-stretchable-transparent-reconfigurable inorganic nanoelectronics and nanoelectronic systems.

Desired Project Deliverables

​Literature survey, programing, fabrication, material and device analysis, device characterization, system integration, oral and written reports.​