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Marina Pilz da Cunha is a PhD student working in a collaboration project between the Smart and Functional Material and Devices research group (SFD) and at the Laboratory of Materials and Interface Chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology. 

Academic background

Marina Pilz Da Cunha was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil and received her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology with a sandwich research stay at the University of Porto in Portugal. Her master’s degree in Chemical Engineering was also completed at the Eindhoven University of technology specializing in molecular systems. As part of her Master’s degree she has taken part in OLED research at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia and has completed the Master thesis on the topic of smart switchable windows in collaboration with Merck. In January 2017 she has started working in the Bio-Inspired Hybrid Materials collaboration project at the TU/e. 

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Research Output 2018 2019

  • 13 Citations
  • 6 Article
3 Citations (Scopus)
46 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
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Liquid Crystals
Grippers
Liquid crystals
Actuators
actuators
22 Downloads (Pure)

A self-sustained soft actuator able to rock and roll

Pilz Da Cunha, M., Peeketi, A. R., Mehta, K., Broer, D., Annabattula, R. K., Schenning, A. P. H. J. & Debije, M., 13 Sep 2019, In : Chemical Communications. 55, 74, p. 11029-11032 4 p.

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File
Liquid Crystals
Azobenzene
Chromophores
Liquid crystals
Actuators

Nanohybrid materials with tunable birefringence via cation exchange in polymer films

Oosterlaken, B., Xu, Y., van Rijt, M., Pilz Da Cunha, M., Timmermans, G., Debije, M., Friedrich, H., Schenning, A. & Sommerdijk, N., 1 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Advanced Functional Materials. 1907456, 1907456.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Birefringence
Polymer films
birefringence
Cations
Ion exchange
4 Citations (Scopus)
43 Downloads (Pure)

On untethered, dual magneto- and photoresponsive liquid crystal bilayer actuators showing bending and rotating motion

Pilz da Cunha, M., Foelen, Y., Engels, T. A. P., Papamichou, K., Hagenbeek, M., Debije, M. G. & Schenning, A. P. H. J., 4 Apr 2019, In : Advanced Optical Materials. 7, 7, 1801604.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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File
Liquid Crystals
Polydimethylsiloxane
actuation
Liquid crystals
Actuators
7 Downloads (Pure)

Unravelling the photothermal and photomechanical contributions to actuation of azobenzene-doped liquid crystal polymers in air and water

Pilz Da Cunha, M., van Thoor, E. A. J., Debije, M. G., Broer, D. J. & Schenning, A. P. H. J., 14 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Materials Chemistry C. 7, 43, p. 13502-13509 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Azobenzene
Liquid crystal polymers
Water
Air
Robots