CoE for Biorobotic and Bionic Materials and Systems (CoE-BBMS) – Napoli, UNINA

CoE-BBMS is aimed to characterize, assess, design and manufacture materials and structures for medical robots (Exomaterials) and their interfaces with the human body (Interfaces). CoE-BBMS will serve and integrate the Biomimetic and Biohybrid Robotics (B2RL) Lab established within a parallel Initiative on Infrastructures (BRIEF project - funded by the Ministry of Health - Piano complementare al PNRR), dedicated to the design and development of advanced prostheses, exoskeletons and biohybrid control interfaces. It will be equipped with state-of-the art instrumentation including:

Exomaterials: Computing: Workstations for design, optimization and simulation. Mechanical, dynamical-mechanical, fatigue and flow properties of materials: Dynamical-Mechanical analyzers; rheometers equipped for magneto- and electro-rheological characterizations. Advanced structure characterization and mechanical testing of components under combined load conditions: bi/tri-axial and coupled torque-axial testers; high-speed cameras and image-correlation devices; testing of joints. Advanced manufacturing devices for realization of components and structure characterization: Ultrasonic atomization for metal powder production; selective laser melting (SLM); additive manufacturing; high-resolution micro-CT and scanning.

Interfaces: Tissue-electronics lab:  morpho-functional characterization of reconstructed neural network in engineered human tissues. Advanced multiphoton microscopy, holography and multi-imaging; 3D Multi electrode array (MEA) with signal processors. Neuromorphic interfaces lab: Nano-engineered interfaces for cell and tissues grow guidance. Cryo-Focused Ion Beam (cryo-FIB), 3D-two photon lithography, 2D- photolithography, Fluorescence (TIRF) e, BIO-Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) for cell-interface force detections. Electroactive array for cell. Organotypic lab: 3D human tissues manufacturing station for neuromuscular junctions’ reconstruction. Tissue culturing lab completed with advanced bioreactors for microtissues productions. 3D automated bioprinting stations for organotypic tissue reconstructions.